How Sheridan's girl Naomi got the sun out for her wedding day
The Diary can exclusively reveal director Jim Sheridan gave his daughter away in a hush-hush wedding in Co Wicklow last week.
The first of three sisters to marry, New York-based film-maker and Oscar-nominated writer Naomi Sheridan wed boyfriend Mark Little in the four-star Brooklodge Hotel and Spa.
Guests included world champion boxer Barry McGuigan and more than 150 family and friends. But best of all, the sun shone for the couple as their nuptials took place on one of the most beautiful days of the year. "We were resigned to the fact that it would probably rain and were, therefore, over the moon when we saw that the sun was out on Saturday," Naomi told The Diary.
However, this could have been down to a bottle of bourbon the bride buried in the hotel grounds the day before. "There's a tradition that if you bury a bottle of bourbon, you'll get good weather for your wedding day. It seemed to have worked because the weather was fantastic," she said.
But the couple couldn't locate the bourbon bottle on the night of their celebration. "We couldn't believe anyone had taken it. But it turned out they have a dog at Brooklodge who dug it up," she said.
The night before the wedding the Sheridans, including mum and dad Jim and Fran, and sisters Kirsten and Tess, dined at Macreddin Village's restaurant, La Taverna Armento, famed for its southern Italian menu.
Keeping it in the family, the wedding band were The Long John Jump Band, fronted by John Sheridan, younger brother of dad Jim. "Everybody was brilliant at Brooklodge but I particularly want to thank my mum and dad for making it a really wonderful day," said Naomi from Paris, where the couple are on honeymoon.
The co-writer of In America had been dating boyfriend Mark Little (not to be confused with the RTÉ man of the same name) from Sandycove for over 10 years). Having been a judge on the Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds Film Competition, Naomi recently penned a screen adaptation of Stephen King's Rose Madder which will go into production later this year.