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CONGRATULATIONS: Marian Finucane and husband John Clarke after their marriage at the Registry Office on Grand Canal Street, Dublin, last Tuesday. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

CONGRATULATIONS: Marian Finucane and husband John Clarke after their marriage at the Registry Office on Grand Canal Street, Dublin, last Tuesday. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

CONGRATULATIONS: Marian Finucane and husband John Clarke after their marriage at the Registry Office on Grand Canal Street, Dublin, last Tuesday. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

RTE broadcaster Marian Finucane made a rare exception when it comes to talking about her private life yesterday as she told listeners how she has received goodwill messages from around the world since she married long-term partner, John Clarke.

The presenter revealed that letters came flooding in from as far afield as Vietnam and Argentina from listeners wishing to send their warm regards.

"It was wonderful to feel a wall of warmth coming towards us," she said at the start of her show yesterday.

The notoriously private presenter said she and her new husband were extremely grateful for all the positive messages of support they have received.

"We received messages from Vietnam, Argentina and all over the world, and we just want to say thank you very much to everyone abroad and at home for the very kind words," she said.

The presenter added the couple didn't intend to keep it a secret; it was just intended to be a private ceremony.

"It wasn't that we kept it a secret, we just wanted to keep it private as it's very difficult to keep things a secret anyway nowadays."

Finucane wed her long-term partner John Clarke in a low-key and intimate ceremony last week. The wedding took place at Dublin's Registry Office on Grand Canal Street and was attended by close friends and family members.

She joined the ranks of Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn in defying bridal traditions by wearing a stunning black fedora-style hat and intricate lace coat for the occasion.

Underneath, she wore a purple silk dress, while John wore a classic black three-piece suit with a matching red rose on his lapel, while Marianne wore matching red-toe shoes.

Finucane and Clarke have been together for over 30 years. The couple have had two children together - a son, Jack, and a daughter, Sinead.

Tragically their daughter passed away in 1990 at the age of eight from leukaemia.

The RTE radio host is known to be extremely protective about her private life and rarely talks about her other half.

Sunday Independent