Row-mance ends with special day for Kerry and Antrim

Sinead Kelleher

True love can hit you at any time and this was most certainly the case for Liane Teahan and Joe McAllister whose eyes met at a rowing AGM in County Antrim back in 2013. Roll on six years later and thousands and thousands of miles travelled and the pair married at the Star of the Sea Church in Cromane on Thursday.

Liane, who has been involved  with Cromane Rowing Club for 17 years, attended the AGM in Antrim ahead of the planned All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships that year. There she met Joe McAllister from Carnlough Rowing Club, who hosted the All-Ireland Championships.

A Facebook friend request was the first step in a blossoming romance which properly sparked off later that summer at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Antrim.  "I wasn't expecting to find love I was going to an AGM, I never thought that rowing would lead to love," said Liane this week. 

"My mother always said I should meet a rower as nobody else would put up with regattas and she was right," said Liane. Sadly her mother, Ann, passed away before the big day but she definitely was looking down on them for the day. 

Both Liane and Joe are hugely involved in their respective clubs and for the past six years they have travelled almost every single weekend between Antrim and Cromane - a round trip of more than 670 miles every single weekend. Last Thursday the couple tied the knot in Cromane where rowing was the key theme of the day with clubs members holding up the oars for the pair as they exited the church.  The couple will reside in Kerry with Joe switching his allegiances to Cromane Rowing Club in the name of love.