Actor Gabriel Byrne secretly ties the knot
Published 07/08/2014 | 02:30
Irish film star Gabriel Byrne married his long-time girlfriend, Hannah Beth King, in a secret ceremony in Cork attended by family and friends.
The reception was hosted at Ballymaloe House on Monday after the couple had spent several days relaxing in Dublin.
The couple arrived in the well-known country house on Friday and maintained a low profile until their wedding at a private ceremony 48 hours later.
The Allen family, who own Ballymaloe, stressed that it was their policy not to comment on their guests.
However, Hazel Allen admitted that it was "a fabulous occasion" for everyone involved.
Guests were treated to a special wedding menu including east Cork lamb, Ballycotton shellfish and vegetarian platters from the Allen kitchen.
Byrne, who starred in 'The Usual Suspects', and his new wife also enjoyed a quiet afternoon stroll around the Ballymaloe gardens to relax during the day-long festivities.
And the teetotal actor, who has been staying in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel in recent weeks, celebrated with a trip to a bookstore in Midleton.
The actor's long-time friend, politician Mannix Flynn, said it was a wonderful day.
"It gives you confidence in the institution of marriage and the institution of commitment to each other," he said.
"That is a very strong statement to each other and they did it in a great place. It is a fantastic location."
The actor, who is now 64, was previously married to the New York-born actress, Ellen Barkin, with whom he has two children.
He has been dating Ms King for several years and friends said they were not surprised that the couple opted to marry.
In a moving tribute to his US-born partner, a film and television producer, Gabriel Byrne last year hailed her as "lovely, intelligent and beautiful... absolutely beautiful."
The couple live in Manhattan.