HE celebrated his recent marriage to an Australian beauty and scored 1-1 the day after to keep his home club in the right division - all in a weekend's work for Listowel football star Tadhg Kennelly. Over 300 family, relatives and friends of the AFL and All-Ireland winning player gathered in the Listowel Arms on Saturday to celebrate Tadhg's recent nuptials with Nicole Noonan. The couple were married in the tropical paradise of the Whitsunday Islands in Australia over a week ago and made the journey to Tadhg's home town this week for a wedding party that will be remembered for many years to come.
The couple were joined by Nicole's parents alongside Tadhg's mom Nuala, sister Joanne and brother Noel amid a gathering that included Kerry football greats past and present; with the late, great Tim Kennelly ever-present in the minds of all in the Arms. Among the Kerry stars who celebrated the nuptials were the Bomber Liston, Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Charlie Nelligan, Paul Galvin, Tom O'Sullivan, Darragh and Marc O Sé to name a few. Sydney Swans' Tommy Walsh also made it to the Arms, albeit with his arm in a sling, nursing an injury that everyone hopes will be behind him before next year's season Down Under.
Tadhg and Nicole are staying local for a few more days, meanwhile, for another wedding ceremony - of close friend and Listowel Emmets' PRO Andrian Kirby to Maura Murphy from Castleisland, at which Tadhg is a groomsman on Saturday. "It was a fantastic day and we were delighted for Tadhg and Nicole. It was made even better when Tadhg scored one goal and one point to keep the Emmets in Division Two of the County League the following day in a huge match for the club," Andrian said. If that's not all, Tadhg was also to feature on a programme on RTE One on Tuesday night, highlighting the importance of next year's Gathering festival. Tadhg was recently followed by an RTE camera crew as he returned to his home town from Down Under, meeting scores of friends as he called into local businesses and showing exactly how important a small, rural town's diaspora can be.