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Groom forgoes best man as tribute to pal

BRIAN O'Driscoll will not have an official best man at his wedding tomorrow as a touching tribute to his tragic best pal.

The big-hearted rugby hero has decided to have two groomsmen do the honours in memory of his late pal Barry Twomey.

Brian has asked good friend, MCD's Damien O'Donoghue, to help him calm his nerves as he waits at the altar, along with another pal.

"He hasn't got a best man, per se, as Barry would have been his best man so he's having two groomsmen instead, who were absolutely delighted to be asked," said a source.

"There will be references to Barry on the day as he is going to be sorely missed by Brian."


Ireland captain Brian and his tight-knit circle of pals were rocked by Barry's sad death in May 2008.

The former East Coast FM employee, who shared a house with Brian, was laid to rest following an emotional funeral service at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock, Dublin, which saw the rugby hero as one of the pallbearers.

Now two years on, the Grand Slam winning player will show that he has still not forgotten his late friend as he marks his memory in his own inimitable way at the ceremony tomorrow.

Brian will be walking down the aisle with actress Amy Huberman at the 2pm ceremony at the picturesque St Joseph's Church in Aughavas, situated about 15 minutes from Lough Rynn Castle.

Spokeswoman Joanne Byrne has revealed how they will have a cordoned-off media area near the church where the couple have agreed to pose for photographs.

They acknowledge the level of interest and hope that by making these arrangements for the media that they and their guests can relax and enjoy the rest of the day, she said.


Meanwhile, blushing bride-to-be Amy Huberman is expected to give a brief speech.

The gorgeous actress has indicated she would be happy to say a few words on her big day, instead of leaving it all to the males in attendance.

"I don't usually shut up so I probably won't shut up on the wedding day," said Amy.