HOPE AND history rhymed in perfect harmony at the St. Malachy's Dominican Church in Dundalk on Friday with the first wedding ever in the Friary's 145-year history.
St. Malachy's School teacher Audrey Boyle from Railway Terrace tied the knot with her sweetheart Andrew Mcmanus, Avenue Road, on Friday in a ceremony that brought clergy from three different Dundalk churches for the historic occasion.
Resplendent in a delicately detailed lace gown, Audrey beamed at the large crowd who gathered outside the gates of the church to see history in the making. Appropriately, for scout leaders Andrew and Audrey, there was a guard of honour from the first and fifth Louth scouts, Castletown Road, as they emerged from the church shortly before 2 p.m.
The historic wedding was concelebrated by Fr. Paddy Rushe, ADM, Holy Redeemer; Fr. Beade Mcgregor, St. Malachy's Church and the groom's uncle, Fr. Clem Mcmanus, CSSR.
Second class teacher Audrey is also a past pupil of the Friary School and she said she was delighted to have secured one of the oldest churches in Dundalk for her big day. She said: 'It was very special, and it meant so much to us'.
And it was a real Friary affair with the wonderful school choir providing the music during the marriage ceremony. Audrey's bridesmaids were Karen Halpenny and Michelle Boyle and Andrew's groomsmen were Brian Mcmanus and Shane Hearty.