Monday 24 July 2017

Pictures: Miriam O'Callaghan's daughter Alannah weds love Fiachra Breathnach in Kerry

BEST DAY OF THEIR LIVES: Alannah McGurk with her new husband Fiachra Breathnach Photo: Tony Gavin
BEST DAY OF THEIR LIVES: Alannah McGurk with her new husband Fiachra Breathnach Photo: Tony Gavin
BEST DAY OF THEIR LIVES: Alannah McGurk arrives at the church with her father Tom Photo: Tony Gavin
Mother of the bride Miriam O’Callaghan with the bridesmaids. Photo: Tony Gavin

Majella O'Sullivan in Kenmare

It was the next best thing to a royal wedding and it happened in The Kingdom as 180 family and friends gathered for the nuptials of Alannah McGurk to fellow barrister and former Galway footballer Fiachra Breathnach.

The eldest daughter of Prime Time presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and journalist and sports anchor Tom McGurk arrived a fashionable 20 minutes late at Holy Cross Church, Kenmare, yesterday with her father.

Dark showers gave way to bright sunshine just in time for the bridal party's arrival at the church at 2.20pm.

Kerry was a natural choice for the new Mrs Breathnach. Her family has a long association with Kerry, where her relatives holiday every year, and her late grandfather Jerry O'Callaghan came from near Currow.

Mother of the bride Miriam O'Callaghan at The Church of The Holy Cross, Kenmare for the wedding of her daughter Alannah McGurk.
Photo: Tony Gavin 20/5/2017
Mother of the bride Miriam O'Callaghan at The Church of The Holy Cross, Kenmare for the wedding of her daughter Alannah McGurk. Photo: Tony Gavin 20/5/2017
BEST DAY OF THEIR LIVES: Alannah McGurk with her new husband Fiachra Breathnach Photo: Tony Gavin

The bride wore an ivory satin gown by Dawn Fitzgerald with lace detail at the back, and a fishtail skirt. Her long veil with lace embellishments was fitting for a wedding in Kenmare, which is a town famed for its lace.

The proud father of the bride looked dashing in a blue three-piece suit and a Panama hat. The pair travelled in a two-tone green 1936 Buick, the wedding car of the five-star Dromquinna Manor, where the bridal party was based and where the wedding reception later took place.

Minutes before her daughter arrived, the mother of the bride came into the church with the bridesmaids. Miriam wore a strawberry red full-length off-the-left-shoulder gown. Ditching tradition, the mother of the bride did not wear a hat, and wore her blonde hair down loose.

The bridesmaids, who included Alannah's sisters Clara, Georgia and Jessica and friends Rachel Carragher, Jenny Hayes and Claire Sweeney, looked elegant in matching golden beige gowns.

The groom had just under a 40-minute wait but looked relaxed and jovial when he arrived shortly after 1.40pm.He was accompanied by his best man and brother Ferdia, and groomsmen Marcus O Flatharta, Ciaran O Conghaile, Matthew Clancy, Steve Bailey and Edward Doocey.

Fr Donal O'Connor, chaplain at the Institute of Technology Tralee, performed the wedding ceremony as a last-minute stand-in, as family friend Fr Pat Donnellan was ill and could not attend.

Mother of the bride Miriam O’Callaghan with the bridesmaids. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mother of the bride Miriam O’Callaghan with the bridesmaids. Photo: Tony Gavin

"I met them last night and everyone was very relaxed. They're a lovely couple, solid, good people," Fr O'Connor told the Sunday Independent.

Among the early arrivals at the church were Miriam O'Callaghan's television producer husband Steve Carson, their sons and her mother, who is also named Miriam O'Callaghan, and the groom's parents Mairtin and Sibeal Breathnach.

Other guests included the bride's uncle, Fianna Fail TD for Dublin Bay South Jim O'Callaghan, and the horse trainer Jim Bolger.

Tom McGurk later commended Fr O'Connor on his celebration of the Mass. "If that was your wedding, I'd love to see your funeral. You really lifted it," he said.

BEST DAY OF THEIR LIVES: Alannah McGurk arrives at the church with her father Tom Photo: Tony Gavin
BEST DAY OF THEIR LIVES: Alannah McGurk arrives at the church with her father Tom Photo: Tony Gavin

As the newlyweds left the church, warm sunshine greeted them and the atmosphere was relaxed as they chatted with guests and posed for photographs.

BEST DAY OF THEIR LIVES: Alannah McGurk with her new husband Fiachra Breathnach Photo: Tony Gavin
BEST DAY OF THEIR LIVES: Alannah McGurk with her new husband Fiachra Breathnach Photo: Tony Gavin

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