Wednesday 16 April 2014

Stars out in force as McGeeney ties knot

Newly weds Kieran McGeeney and Maura O'Rahilly
Newly weds Kieran McGeeney and Maura O'Rahilly

GAA stars joined the celebrations as former Armagh captain and Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney married his long-term girlfriend .

Surrounded by over 300 friends and family, which included former Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy, the All-Ireland winner married Maura O'Rahilly at an "intimate ceremony" in St Brendan's Church in Clogher.

Maura, from Knockeen in Castleisland, Co Kerry, is the sister of Ruairi O'Rahilly, a former Kerry footballer and teacher at CBS Tralee.

Ruairi previously nominated the late Donal Walsh for the Kerry's Eye/Radio Kerry Local Hero Award, which brought the terminally ill teenager to national prominence.

The newly married couple's reception was held in the Malton Hotel in Killarney last night.

"They had been dating a long time and the church was where his bride was baptised. They played Christmas carols during the service," local parish priest Fr Pat Crean-Lynch told the Irish Independent.

"There was a full church and a very big wedding.

"There were a lot of footballers from Armagh and Kildare. John Doyle from Kildare was there, Paul McGrain, a former Armagh player, was Kieran's best man."

McGeeney captained Armagh to the 2002 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, their only title. He was Kildare manager until last September.

He now combines his role as Armagh football selector with a place on the Tipperary hurling backroom team.

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