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Countdown for Brian and Amy's big day

Excitement in Mohill has reached fever pitch as locals eagerly await the arrival of Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman ahead of their glitzy wedding tomorrow.

Final preparations are officially under way in the Co Leitrim town's stunning Lough Rynn Castle, where the couple will host a star-studded reception.

Extensive deliveries of table setting materials from luxurious interior decorators DK Home, wine from French Market, and Curry's fresh fish were spotted arriving at the sprawling fairytale estate, where the couple are expected to arrive around noon.

A local source revealed: "They're supposed to be having a final quick rehearsal in the church in the afternoon."

All was quiet in the remote church this morning where there was no sign of local priest Fr Sam Holmes, who is expected to help celebrate the wedding.



Meeting

But a team of gardeners and window cleaners were hard at work as the hotel's full staff gathered for a final meeting to discuss the plan of action ahead of the showbiz couple's eagerly awaited arrival from their native Dublin.

The hotel was closed to the public from early this morning and only guests of the hotel will now be given access to ensure the couple and their 200 guests maximum privacy ahead of and on their special day.

Speaking to the Herald, a member of the five star hotel's staff said: "It will be closed from today. It's going to be a very busy weekend."

The curtains of the hotel's newly built ballroom were shut to keep prying eyes away as dozens of staff poured in and out with boxes of wine glasses and decorations.

An array of gift bags with pink tissue filled a table in the ballroom's additional bar area, giving a hint at the couple's girly colour scheme.

But there was no sign of the loved-up couple or their family and friends as staff gave the main reception rooms a rigorous clean last night.

Rugby hero Brian (31) is rumoured to be staying in one of the hotel's separate guest quarters tonight.

The plush guesthouse is just seconds from the hotel's front door but the couple are believed to be sticking to the tradition of spending their last night as singletons apart.

Meanwhile, Amy (31) will enjoy her final night with an evening of pampering in the hotel's most expensive suite the O'Carolan, rather than the less lavish Bridal suite.

The couple will then spend their first two nights of married life in the plush suite, which boasts a four-poster princess bed and enormous Jacuzzi bathtub, before jetting off to London and then Africa on Monday.

Local butcher, Peter Logan said: "It's very exciting now. Everyone is talking about the wedding. It's not a huge rugby village but it's great for the area."

aanderson@herald.ie


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