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Monday 11 December 2017

Developer's daughter opts for low-key big day

INTIMATE AFFAIR: Developer Sean Mulryan with his daughter Linda, her husband Barry
Condron, and wife Bernadine at St Kevin's Church, Hollywood, Co Wicklow. Photo: Tony Gavin
INTIMATE AFFAIR: Developer Sean Mulryan with his daughter Linda, her husband Barry Condron, and wife Bernadine at St Kevin's Church, Hollywood, Co Wicklow. Photo: Tony Gavin

ALISON O'RIORDAN

Ireland's largest property developer, Sean Mulryan, hosted a low-key wedding for family and friends when his eldest daughter married in Co Kildare yesterday.

Linda Mulryan, the oldest of five children, wed her young sweetheart, Dublin-born Barry Condron, in what was a typical country family wedding, with big, extended west of Ireland families in attendance.

"No politicians or bankers, Sean made sure it was kept to family only. Linda's grandmother, Josephine, Sean's mother, was the main guest of honour at 85 years of age," said a source.

A total 160 of guests attended the ceremony in the quaint St Kevin's Church in Hollywood, west Wicklow. The 1830s miniature church, which is nestled in the green pastures of the sleepy village, stands next to a belltower. Inside, a mass of pink and white bouquets decorated the aisle.

Linda, who was given away by her father, the owner of Ballymore Properties, wore a sophisticated off-the-shoulder white dress by internationally renowned London designer Caroline Castiliano.

The unassuming 'lord' of the Ardenode Stud, with his famously tossed hair, looked very dapper dressed in a sharp grey suit alongside his wife Bernadine.

The newlyweds, who are both 31, are currently working in London. Linda is a post-doctoral neuroscience researcher and Barry a financial consultant. They met in Dublin in October 2004.

Barry, who hails from a smaller family in Templeogue, proposed to Linda two years ago.

The reception was held in a marquee in the spacious and beautifully manicured gardens next to the stately home and vast surroundings of the opulent yet very high security 240-acre Ardenode stud farm in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare.

But the ceremony and celebration were low key compared with the bride's father's 50th birthday some years ago.

On that famous occasion singer Deborah 'Blondie' Harry was hired for the entertainment.

Sunday Independent

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