Thursday 29 January 2015

All-star turnout as Kerry football hero Kieran Donaghy says 'I do'

Published 19/01/2013 | 05:00

Kieran Donaghy and Hilary Stephenson with Darran O'Sullivan and Kieran O'Leary and (at back) Marc O Se, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Bryan Sheehan, Eoin Brosnan, Paul Galvin, Killian Young and Declan O'Sullivan
Kieran Donaghy and Hilary Stephenson
At the wedding of Kieran Donaghy and Hilary Stephenson

EVEN stars sometimes have to wait. And three-time All-Ireland winner Kieran Donaghy was kept waiting half an hour by his new bride.

Mr Donaghy, or 'Star' as he is better known by friends, tied the knot with his long-term girlfriend Hilary Stephenson in Waterville, Co Kerry.

The Kerry full-forward and his new wife have known each other since they were teenagers growing up in Tralee.

They chose St Finian's Church in the south Kerry seaside village for their wedding, where the bride's parents, Frank and Angela, have a holiday home.

The bride wore an ivory short-sleeved gown and her bridesmaids, who included her sister Emma and new sister-in-law Sarah Donaghy and friends Jane Kerrisk and Elaine Curran, were dressed in black and carried bouquets of cerise pink roses.

Even the groom's prized pooches, Buddy, Ruby and Holly, turned up in coattails.

The couple were joined by 300 guests for their reception in the Sneem Hotel, among them many well-known faces.

Teammates of the Ulster Bank official included Paul Galvin with girlfriend Louise Duffy; Kerry captain Eoin Brosnan and his wife Mary; Marc O Se and his wife Sarah; Darran O'Sullivan; Declan O'Sullivan; Kieran O'Leary; Bryan Sheehan; and Killian Young.


Other guests included retired GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh and his wife Helena as well as former teammates of Mr Donaghy's, Tommy Griffin and Micheal Quirke and Daniel Bohane, who were groomsmen.

Teaching commitments at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen meant former manager Jack O'Connor couldn't attend but he joined in the celebrations at the reception with his wife Bridie.

It's back to business for the team tomorrow when they take on Limerick in the McGrath Cup semi-final in Killarney.

Irish Independent

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