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Be-spoke wedding plans for two lovestruck Joyceans

LOVE is certainly in full bloom for this couple of Dubliners who intend to tie the knot on the most Joycean of days next year.

Ciaran Kavanagh, who manages the famous Gravediggers Pub in Glasnevin, and his fiancee Alfreda O'Brien were among a troupe of cycling butcher boys, messengers and bonneted ladies touring Dublin city yesterday, raising money for charity.

The annual Bloomsday rally, raising funds for the Irish Youth Foundation, saw cyclists in Edwardian costume taking to the streets on vintage bicycles from the early 20th Century.

Ciaran and Alfreda, who met three years ago, plan to do the cycle again next year in full Edwardian costume on what will be their wedding day.

They met when Alfreda won an Easter draw at the pub that he manages.

"I was told she was Italian, so I went to present her prize to her as I lived in Italy for a number of years and can speak fluent Italian. I began speaking to her and she looked at me like I had two heads," joked Ciaran.

"It turned out her mother is Italian. She grew up in Dublin and therefore she had no idea what I was saying to her."

Irish Independent