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Summer lovin’

Tomorrow actress and novelist Amy Huberman is expected to beam her widest smile ever when she walks down the aisle to say 'I do' to rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll, in what will undoubtedly be the most lavish social wedding of the year.

Already there's a buzz about the photos -- will Amy wear a dress by an Irish designer, will her friends and family be stylish or frumpy in Lough Rynn Castle Hotel? Will Brian kiss her passionately or demurely after the vows? In fact, you would think tomorrow's nuptials is the only glitzy wedding of the year.

Thanks to the shockwaves caused by the number of celebrity couples breaking up, summer wedding euphoria has to a degree been replaced by the doom and gloom of divorce. Celebrity splits involving Andrea Roche, Vivienne Connolly, and Ruth Griffin have put a damper on what has been the driest and sunniest summer in ages.

Yet look close and you'll see that, yes, there are indeed a lot of loved-up weddings taking place out there. And it is, indeed, a summer of love.

1> Fiona McShane, sister of Republic of Ireland footballer Paul McShane married Gillingham player Kevin Maher at Kilquade Church, Co Wicklow on May 29. Guests included former EastEnders actor Sean Maguire and Irish soccer star Andy Keogh.

2> The Wire actor Dominic West wed Catherine Fitzgerald, daughter of the 29th Knight of Glin, at Limerick's Church of the Immaculate Conception last Saturday. West, who played tough-talking detective Jimmy McNulty in the US hit series, met Catherine while studying at Trinity. The day after their lavish wedding the couple returned to the altar for the christening of their three children Dora (3), Senan (2) and Francis (1). West also has a daughter, Martha West, from his earlier relationship with Polly Astor.

3> Republic of Ireland and Manchester United defender John O'Shea married his childhood sweetheart Yvonne Manning on June 8 at Ladychapel, outside Maynooth, Co Kildare. The 180 guests who attended at the tiny stone church included Coleen Rooney, the wife of Manchester United and England striker Wayne.

4> Irish soccer star Kevin Doyle married his childhood sweetheart Jenny Harney at Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare Limerick on June 11 in front of 180 guests at a glamorous black-tie affair. The couple first met at the National Ploughing Championships when they were both 16. Jenny works in industrial design and the Wolverhampton Wanderers player proposed to her in London.

5> Former Taoiseach's daughter and bestselling author Cecelia Ahern kept her wedding to long-time boyfriend David Keoghan at Kildare's Lyons Estate earlier this month a secret. The couple is currently on honeymoon in Portugal with baby daughter Robin following their June 11 nuptials, which guests originally thought was Robin's christening.

6> Socialite and artist Louise Leahy and restaurateur Duncan McGuire (owner of Ukiyo karaoke bar and restaurant on Exchequer Street) said "I do" on May 22 in The Little Chapel of The West in Las Vegas after a whirlwind 27-day romance.


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