Friday 18 January 2019

Jason McAteer ties the knot and laughs he wouldn't waste the paper to invite Roy Keane

The happy couple Jason McAteer and Lucy Edwards leave St Mary's Cathedral, in Limerick today. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
The happy couple Jason McAteer and Lucy Edwards leave St Mary's Cathedral, in Limerick today. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
Among those attending were Victoria St Clair, Justine O'Donnell, Katie O'Driscoll (a cousin of Brian O'Driscoll), Georgie Roberts, Alex Donoghue and Aisling Ward. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
Roy Keane and Jason McAteer
Roy Keane clashes with Jason McAteer during a game with club Sunderland
Roy Keane: not on the guest list

By David Raleigh

REPUBLIC of Ireland and Liverpool soccer hero Jason McAteer played a blinder today when walked down the aisle in sunny Limerick.

St Mary's Cathedral, on Athlunkard Street, was the venue for the match-up of the ex-midfielder and his beautiful bride Lucy Edwards.

Former Liverpool FC, Real Madrid and Manchester City FC sensation Steve McMananman, also appeared as chief usher along with Zahid Djani and Lucy's brother, James Edwards, at the black tie ceremony.

McMananman's daughters Ella, Lara and son Lucas, acted as flower girls and page boy, while his wife Victoria, a barrister, was matron of honour.

Lucy's bridesmaids Carly Edwards, Lucinda Braithwaite, Jennifer Walsh and Clare Omar,  all wore navy dresses, while McAteer's best man was best friend Paul O'Donnell.

Bride Lucy, wore a long silk cream dress with lace, matching necklace and veil.

McAteer - with £12,000 earnings a week was one of the top paid soccer stars at the height of his playing career in the mid 1990s - was a key member of the Republic soccer World Cup set up under Jack Charlton, coming in as substitute in Ireland's famous victory over Italy in USA '94.

He later appeared as a winger under Mick McCarthy, notching up 52 caps in total in the Green jersey and scoring three goals.

The 42-year old regularly plays for the Liverpool legends in various charity games, and is a pundit for ESPN Star Sports and LFC (Liverpool Football Club) TV.

He flirted with management when he was appointed assistant manager to John Barnes at Tranmere Rovers on June 15, 2009.

The pair were sacked on October 9th the same year after a run of just two league wins from 11 games.

One person not at the nuptials was former captain Roy Keane.

The pair fell out when McAteer criticised the then Irish captain’s infamous exit from the 2002 World Cup.

They clashed again when the ex-Man United captain broke Jason's nose during a game with club Sunderland.

Asked if he had sent an invite to the Cork footballer, McAteer laughed: "No I didn't, I don't think I'd waste the paper."

The newlyweds are partying the night away at a lavish reception at Dromoland Castle in Co Clare.


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