Golfer Rory McIlroy (27) and his American wife Erica Stoll (29) were so insistent on privacy at their Ashford Castle wedding that they hired anti-drone technology.
The bridal couple's advisers devised an elaborate security operation which ranged from multi-perimeter patrols around the 13th Century castle by security guards and the use of anti-drone technology, developed in the battle against terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, to ensure there was no intrusion on the McIlroys' special day.
Richard Gill and Liam Brady of Drone Defence. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The Cong castle was in 'lockdown' from Friday morning. Drone Defence executives Liam Brady and Richard Gill - speaking exclusively to the Irish Independent - said the technology deployed to prevent camera-equipped drones will shortly be used widely in Ireland and other European cities.
"This is the first time this kind of technology has been used here," Mr Brady said.
Mr Gill explained that their system enables the detection of unsanctioned drones that enter controlled airspace. "The drones are then either taken under our control by special technology or they are disabled by the use of a deployed net."
The couple were married in St Mary's Church in the estate on Saturday. More than 200 guests attended the wedding which is understood to have cost about €500,000. Stars there included One Direction's Niall Horan, golfers Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke, Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington, billionaire JP McManus and hotelier John Fitzpatrick.