Wedding plans ruined for heartbroken couples
THREE heartbroken couples were last night counting the cost of the travel chaos as their wedding and honeymoon plans were ruined.
Kerry couple Ashley Meyer and Paula Herlihy were forced to cancel their South African wedding, Limerick couple Darragh Bennis (30) and Ruth Moran (24) have been forced to reschedule their wedding from Spain to Limerick, while Cork couple Donna and Clyde Stanton are now worried they will arrive in the US for their honeymoon just a few days before they are scheduled to return to Ireland.
The couple are now scheduled to fly to the US on April 26 or 29 -- 10 days after their honeymoon was supposed to start.
While a San Francisco hotel has agreed to alter their accommodation dates, the couple faces an €800-plus charge to change the dates for the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
"It's one of the highlights of our honeymoon -- what else could we do?" said Donna.
Killarney couple Ashley and Paula have been forced to abandon their South African wedding planned for next Saturday.
After seven days of an agonising wait at Cork Airport, they were informed yesterday that the earliest flight they could hope to catch to Johannesburg via the UK was Friday evening -- leaving them no chance of getting to the altar in time.
South-African born Ashley and Paula face bills of up to €2,000 for hotels, meals and phone calls. One Cork hotel -- the Rochestown Park -- was so moved by their plight that they donated a three-night stay to ease the couple's anguish.
"In our worst dreams we never thought this would happen," Ashley explained.
Meanwhile, Limerick couple Darragh and Ruth face a massive headache after rescheduling their wedding for Adare on Monday. They originally planned to get married in Spain-- with 120 family, friends and workmates having booked flights to Spain from Cork and Shannon to attend.