Monday 22 July 2019

Inside Jack McGrath's wedding to Sinead Corcoran in Portugal - filled with his Irish rugby teammates

(L to R) Robbie Henshaw and Sophie Marren, Rob Kearney and Jess Redden, Joanna Cooper and Conor Murray at Jack McGrath and Sinead Corcoran's wedding in Portugal
(L to R) Robbie Henshaw and Sophie Marren, Rob Kearney and Jess Redden, Joanna Cooper and Conor Murray at Jack McGrath and Sinead Corcoran's wedding in Portugal
(L to R) Robbie Henshaw and Sophie Marren, Rob Kearney and Jess Redden, Joanna Cooper and Conor Murray at Jack McGrath and Sinead Corcoran's wedding in Portugal
Joanna Cooper and boyfriend Conor Murray in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Cian Healy and fiancée Laura Smith in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Rob Kearney and girlfriend Jess Redden in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Robbie Henshaw and girlfriend Sophie Marren in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Jordi Murphy and Robbie Henshaw in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Sean Cronin and wife Claire in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
(L to R) Kate Appleby, Laura Smith, Sophie Marren and Ellen Beirne
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Fresh from their summer series win in Australia, the Irish rugby team have decamped to the Algarve in Portugal to toast the wedding of player pal Jack McGrath.

The Leinster prop and his long-term girlfriend Sinead Corcoran exchanged vows on Saturday in front of his international teammates and the sports stars have been making the most of well-deserved time off following a successful season.

McGrath, 28, who proposed to radiographer Corcoran earlier this year, chose the stunning cliff side Tivoli Hotel in the rustic seaside town of Carvoeiro to tie the knot.

The village is less than an hour from the five-star Quinta do Lago resort - a hotspot for A-list celebrities including Nicky Byrne, Pippa O’Connor and Cecelia Ahern, along with English footballers John Terry and Wayne Rooney.

Sean Cronin and wife Claire in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Sean Cronin and wife Claire in Portugal. Picture: Instagram

The new Mr and Mrs McGrath said “I Do” in an outdoor ceremony, followed by a lavish four-course meal under thousands of fair lights in the sprawling gardens.

The speeches were beamed onto a giant screen and following the dinner, guests were treated to a spectacular fireworks display.

The bride wore a simple yet elegant white gown and her bridesmaids were dressed in blush pink.

In the run up to the wedding, the likes of Jordi Murphy and Sean O’Brien played the tourists by taking in the local Portuguese sights.

Jordi Murphy and Robbie Henshaw in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Jordi Murphy and Robbie Henshaw in Portugal. Picture: Instagram

Brothers Rob and Dave Kearney, Rory Best, Robbie Henshaw, Ian Madigan, Conor Murray and Cian Healy have all been residing in the exclusive Quinta do Lago for the past week.

In addition to enjoying a few pints at friend Eoin O’Malley’s popular haunt The Cheeky Pup, full-back Rob Kearney and captain Best have been squeezing in a few rounds of golf.

Kearney’s fitness model girlfriend Jess Redden had been relaxing with a number of female friends in Marbella, Spain, but has since shared a string of holiday snaps on her social media reunited with Rob in Portugal.

Meanwhile London-based 24-year-old Joanna Cooper accompanied scrum half beau Conor Murray to the wedding.

(L to R) Kate Appleby, Laura Smith, Sophie Marren and Ellen Beirne
(L to R) Kate Appleby, Laura Smith, Sophie Marren and Ellen Beirne

They have been dating a year and the blonde delighted fans when she posted a cute photo of the duo kissing by a sunny balcony setting on McGrath’s big day.

The Derry girl later had people wondering if they were engaged when Jonathan Sexton reposted the shot on his Instagram page with the caption “Congratulations“.

Sexton and his pregnant wife Laura savoured a kid-free weekend for the celebrations, as did Sean Cronin and wife Claire.

But for Devin and Mary Toner however, it was a family affair as they brought along their eight-month-old son Max for the occasion.

Joanna Cooper and boyfriend Conor Murray in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Joanna Cooper and boyfriend Conor Murray in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Cian Healy and fiancée Laura Smith in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Rob Kearney and girlfriend Jess Redden in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Robbie Henshaw and girlfriend Sophie Marren in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Jordi Murphy and Robbie Henshaw in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
Sean Cronin and wife Claire in Portugal. Picture: Instagram
(L to R) Kate Appleby, Laura Smith, Sophie Marren and Ellen Beirne

The wedding festivities continued over the weekend, with a laid-back party by the pool and some of the rugby players going snorkelling in nearby caves.

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