A NEWLY engaged couple have won the wedding of their dreams, all thanks to the groom-to-be's mum!
Donal Murphy form Liscarroll in North Cork and his fiancee Pamela Nolan from Asdee were the lucky winners of a €10,000 wedding at Ballybunion's Golf Hotel - after Donal's mother Mary entered the couple in The Kerryman/Corkman competition.
The lucky couple, who only announced their engagement in April, were chosen as winners of the fabulous competition at a gala banquet ion the Golf Hotel on Saturday night, where they also received a €1,000 holiday voucher courtesy of Travel Counsellors.
Donal and Pamela were among 50 couples who were treated to an all expenses paid weekend at the Ballybunion hotel, culminating in the announcement of the winners at a black tie dinner on Saturday night. Ten finalists received a €1,000 voucher towards the cost of a wedding at the hotel, before Donal and Pamela were voted as winners by the other participating couples.
"It's absolutely unbelievable," Donal told The Kerryman afterwards. "I mean, what an amazing prize, especially these days where money is so tight. We had the most amazing weekend and to be honest we never thought we'd win so we just want to thank everyone else there who voted for us."
After the 10 finalists were chosen at random, they were introduced to the rest of the participants, who then voted for their favourite couple, Donal explained.
"The competition was so close and there were so many amazing couples, we can't thank everyone enough for picking us."
Donal explained that it was his mother Mary who entered the couple in the competition in the hope they may win their dream wedding.
"My mom and dad were asking me a few days before the weekend if I'd received any phone call and I hadn't a clue what they were on about. Good job they told me what they'd done because I wouldn't have had a clue what was going on when I did get the call to say we were in the top 50," Donal said, "It's an amazing prize. Who wouldn't be thrilled."
While Donal and Pamela are yet to choose a date and finalise the details for their nuptials, they thanked management at the Golf Hotel for their amazing generosity as well as the Travel Counsellors who donated €1,000 towards their honeymoon.