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Thursday 22 March 2018

Rugby stars on the ball in style stakes for Leamy wedding

David Raleigh

STARS from the rugby world, and their beautiful partners and wives gave Rockwell College – one of Ireland's premier private boarding schools – a lesson in style at the wedding ceremony of former Rockwell student and ex-Irish and Munster star Denis Leamy.

Famous rugby faces graced the hallowed grounds of the rugby college's church yesterday to give former team mate Leamy a send off.

Leamy, from Cashel, and his new wife Grainne Brosnahan, head for the glamorous Puerto Banus on the first part of a two-stage honeymoon before heading stateside.

Retired rugby All Black and former Munster winger and full-back Dougie Howlett arrived dressed in style for the black tie affair with his wife Monique, who is expecting a baby.

"I'm wearing black tie as per instruction," he quipped as he posed for photographers.

"This is from New Zealand," Monique Howlett said, pointing to her orange and salmon dress.

Dougie added: "We are delighted to be here today. Weddings are great occasions and when it's one of your good mates like this – to help celebrate his day, there's nothing better. Things are good, good. I'm spending a lot of time with my little kids and my lovely wife and enjoying the Irish summer."

Other ex-Munster heroes who attended included Jerry Flannery, Frankie Sheahan, Mick O'Driscoll, and recently retired Munster and Irish prop forward Marcus Horan.

Ulster, Irish, and Lions hooker, Rory Best, was one of four groomsmen, as was Munster and Leinster's Stephen Keogh, along with the groom's brother Kevin and best man, brother Ed. Former Irish rugby manager, Declan Kidney was also a guest.

Denis, from Cashel, wore a three-piece grey suit from Esquire in Limerick and waited three-quarters of an hour for his bride to arrive.

Love blossomed three years ago when the couple met in Grainne's native city, Limerick. Grainne arrived just before 2pm, driven in a black Mercedes, with her proud father Clem.

The bride wore a Mikaella Fifties-style one-piece dress with a veil.

Her bridesmaids, including sister Anne Marie, Lissie Hickey, Bridget Ryan and Laurie Hickey, wore vintage pink and sage green long dresses from Ivory Lane in Limerick.

Grainne described her classic wedding dress: "It's a Mikaella dress, which I got in Aibheil of Adare, Co Limerick. They had to take it in after I bought it. It's vintage lace Fifties-style with a kick out the bottom, with a veil. My flowers are peony roses," she said excitedly as she prepared to meet her husband to be.

"I'm very nervous. I'll be OK when I get outside again. I got very nervous as we drove up and I saw the church, but I'm OK now," she added.

"We're actually only going away for a few days to Puerto Banus, and then we are going away in April to Chicago in America," the beautiful blonde bride confirmed.

Proud dad Clem said he was "nervous" but "very proud" of his only daughter.

Sunday Independent

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