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Saturday 23 August 2014

Claire's rugby union was on cards since Valentine's

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 14/09/2013 | 05:00

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Leinster rugby players Luke Fitzgerald, Sean O'Brien and Eoin Reddan.
TV3's Aisling Ni Choisdealbha, Elaine Crowley, Joan McKenna, Geraldine Lynagh and Caroline Twohig.
Trevor Hogan and Claire Brock celebrate their nuptials in Rathsallagh House, Co Wicklow

IT began with an unsigned Valentine's card written in shorthand.

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And yesterday it culminated in TV3's Claire Brock marrying former Leinster rugby player Trevor Hogan.

The couple – who have been dating for 12 years after meeting whilst studying journalism in Dublin City University – celebrated their nuptials in the romantic setting of Rathsallagh House and Golf Club in Co Wicklow.

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Leinster stars Luke Fitzgerald, Sean O'Brien and Eoin Reddan all looked dapper in slick suits and TV3 regulars Elaine Crowley and Aisling Ni Choisdealbha were amongst the guests.

Leo Cullen and his designer wife, Dairine Kennedy, also attended.

But all eyes were on the happy couple.

They began going out after Trevor wrote his wife-to-be a Valentine's card in shorthand – but left it unsigned.

However, he soon revealed himself as the hopeless romantic who had asked the college lecturer to help him write the special

card, and they began dating.

Yesterday 33-year-old Claire was the epitome of elegance in a bias-cut dress with a gentle cowl neck.

The gown featured a subtle bow under the bust and the skirt spilt into a small 'court' train.

She steered clear of spray tan and sun beds and her ivory dress highlighted her glowing complexion. She swept her blonde locks in a bouffant do accessorised with a feathered hair band.

Claire completed the look with a bouquet of cream and blush pink rosebuds tied with alencon lace. Trevor looked sharp in a three-piece suit and brown brogues as they posed for pictures on the lawn.

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Claire has been a regular on our TV screens since joining TV3 after college, while Trevor is studying history and English. He has a keen interest in political issues and was part of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.

Trevor popped the question on Christmas Day last year when he and Claire were taking a morning stroll.

"It was really romantic and a complete surprise," Claire said at the time. "We went for a walk first thing in the morning and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him."

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