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Seamus Coleman weds his childhood sweetheart


STUNNING: Newlyweds Seamus and Rachel

STUNNING: Newlyweds Seamus and Rachel

Irish James McClean and partner Erin O’Connor

Irish James McClean and partner Erin O’Connor


STUNNING: Newlyweds Seamus and Rachel

Soccer star Seamus Coleman married childhood sweetheart Rachel Cunningham yesterday in his native Donegal.

The 26-year-olds, who have been sweethearts for 11 years, shared their great day with up to 280 guests at St Mary the Visitation in Killybegs and later at a glitzy reception in Harvey's Point Hotel on the shores of Lough Eske beneath the Bluestack mountains.

Ireland and Everton football stars were among the guests, with midfielder James McCarthy in the official wedding party as groomsman.

Ireland stars Aidan McGeady, David Meyer, and James McClean with his girlfriend Erin O'Connor also attended, as did Seamie's Everton teammate Steve Naismith and his wife, Moya.

Dozens of well-wishers were outside the church in a soft grey drizzle, which turned to Midsummer's Eve sunshine just as the bride arrived - a respectable 15 minutes late.

She walked up the aisle, decked each side with lilac, white hydrangea and roses, to a stunning recital of the classical wedding favourite Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D from musicians Zara Montgomery and Farah Bogle.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says he hasn't spoke to Everton coach Roberto Martinez since he said that Seamus Coleman's problems have came from his international match.

Rachel, who was given away by her father Pat, wore a stunning figure-hugging fishtail dress, layered with lace and sparkles.

Despite the soccer stars, it was mainly a family wedding along with the couple's friends from their school days.

Seamus's first soccer team, St Catherine's, Killybegs, were there as were pals from Killybegs GAA club.

During their honeymoon, the couple will be able to forget about whispers of multimillion euro bids to attract Seamie to Man Utd or Chelsea.

Sunday Independent