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'You may now blink at the bride' - face masks and elbow bumps at Donegal wedding during outbreak

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Martin Boyle and Catherine McCole tied the knot in Donegal 
Photo: Joe Boland

Martin Boyle and Catherine McCole tied the knot in Donegal Photo: Joe Boland

Martin Boyle and Catherine McCole tied the knot in Donegal Photo: Joe Boland

A happy couple refused to let the coronavirus outbreak get in the way of their big day as they wore face masks to walk down the aisle.

Despite the pandemic, Martin Boyle and Catherine McCole exchanged vows at St Mary's Church in Derrybeg in Gaoth Dobhair, Co Donegal today.

The newlyweds were left in stitches of laughter when Fr Brian O Fearraigh told Martin: "you may now blink at the bride."

Fr O'Ferraigh said he could not take credit for the novel quip, admitting he had heard it from a friend.

"We all had a giggle at it," he said.

Fr O Fearraigh greeted the couple at the altar with elbow bumps and also invited the congregation to do the same during the sign of peace.

He added that this week has been a very stressful week for Martin and Catherine.

However, he hoped the wedding went well for them after all their worries over the coronavirus outbreak.

He added: "The face-masks were only introduced as a bit of lighthearted fun and banter, to what has been a very stressful few days for the couple."

On a more serious note, Fr O Fearraigh asked the public to look out for each other during this worrying time.

"It certainly is worrying times, but as long as we are all prudent and abide by the health and safety advice given by the medical professionals, look out for one another, particularly our most elderly and vulnerable please God comfort, strength and peace will be ours," he said.

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