The late Mattie Ryan would have been very proud indeed. But no doubt he was watching down with a smile as the Gucci Handbags got dusted down, hairs got super glued, false nails were coloured and highlighted (Or was it the other way around, Can’t remember), and new frocks got their first official outing. Tail feathers were plucked from every exotic bird found holidaying in the Thurles area, only to be used later to decorate many of the unusually shaped hats, displayed in abundance.
The ‘glam’ preparations, which I describe, of course were for yesterday’s right Royal Mock Wedding event, held in aid of a most worthy cause, the Thurles Cancer Support Group, Suir Haven, latter a charity once very close to Mattie Ryan’s heart.
The bride for this right ‘Royal Bash,’ was the very lovely Princess Sharon Kerrigan, the groom, the equally handsome Prince Brendan O’Donnell.
Escorted down the aisle by Deputy Michael Lowry TD, the bride looked breathtaking in a brushed silk white bridal evening gown, with delicately laced bodice.
The couple both publicly declared their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family and close friends in that ‘Basilica of Rock Music,’ locally known as HQ Nightclub here in Thurles, presided over by Tipp FM ‘s Breakfast Bowl impersario and the radio stations resident parish priest Rev.Fr. Aidan Mac MC.
A video recording of the ceremony was undertaken by top videographer, Mr Garry Butler and the newly married couple later joined their guests for a large amount of light refreshments, in a pub crawl which included Michael Bowes Pub Friar Street, The Arch Bar, Millay’s Tavern and of course the home of the GAA, Hayes Hotel all located in Liberty Square, just to name a few.
The happy couple were tight lipped on information regarding their honeymoon destination, but to Sharon and Brendan go the good wishes of all their families members and many friends here in Thurles, for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together. (Personally, I just can’t see the marriage lasting.)
Nevertheless a most enjoyable event in aid of a worthy cause, and to all involved well done.
Miss Catherine Middleton of Bucklebury, Berkshire went into Westminster Abbey at 11am this morning and came out an hour and a quarter later, holding the hand of the second in line to the throne, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Prince William is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the Late Diana, Princess of Wales, and third eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His father Prince Charles is a direct descendant of Viscount Elizabeth Poyntz (Lady Thurles) through their eldest son, the Duke of Ormond. Lady Elizabeth married Thomas Butler and both owned the town of Thurles, here in Co. Tipperary, prior to her death in 1673. Their son James Butler (1610-1688) is a direct line to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge who was married today.
From Lady Thurles and six generations later, in direct line to the English throne was the 14th Earl Strathmore whose daughter, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married the future King George VI.
Their daughter Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary II, born 21 April 1926, met her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, in 1934, and they married on 20th November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
Heir apparent and eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Prince of Wales, was born on 14th November 1948.
Lady Elizabeth of Thurles’s eldest daughter and brother of the afore mentioned James Butler, Mary Butler (Died in 1675) is a direct line to late Lady Diana Spencer through the Hamilton and Spencer families. When Diana married Charles in 1981 their eldest son Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was born on the 21st June 1982 thus completing the circle which began in the 16th century, here in Thurles Co.Tipperary.
Prince William’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is due to visit Co. Tipperary at the end of May. What a pity that an invitation was not sent in time by our local Councillors, thus ensuring that Thurles could have been included in her up and coming May itinerary. This really demonstrates the imperceptiveness of our Town Council, when we learn that the Rock of Cashel, some 15 odd miles down the road and which has little comparative historical associations, is now assured of inclusion in her visit.
No matter, there are Local Elections due in the not to distant future, and as Granny used to say, “Forgive and forget, but keep a list of names just in case.”
To the Royal pair, William and Catherine, go our good wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together.
The wedding took place yesterday in pleasant Spring weather of the very lovely Miss Kathleen Cosgrove, daughter of Mrs Anne and Mr Rodger Cosgrove, Killaloe, Co. Clare, to Mr Derek Ryan, son of Mrs Peggy and Mr Pat Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.
The wedding ceremony took place in the picturesque Church of the Sacred Heart and St Lua in Garraunboy, presided over by priests and family friends, Rev. Fr J. Grace, Rev. Fr P. Malone, and Rev. Fr L. Everard.
Wedding of Kathleen and Derek
Escorted down the aisle by her father Rodger, the bride looked breathtaking in a slim A-line ivory evening gown with pleated skirt and full embroidered bodice.
Equally beautiful were her bridesmaids, Patricia O’Connor and Mary Cosgrove, both attired in full-length ‘Mermaid’ green, halterneck evening gowns.
The groom, Derek, together with his two groomsmen Seamus Farrell and Noel Ryan added further to the splendour of the occasion, dressed in dark grey evening suits, light grey waistcoats, and white wing collar shirts with silk cravats.
Also assisting the bride were Flower Girls, Ciara O’Connell and Tracey Burke.
The couple publicly declared their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family and close friends, while music and song for the ceremony was performed by extraordinary talented friends of both families.
Following the ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs Ryan retired to the popular wedding venue, the The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, over looking the picturesque towns of Ballina and Kilaloe, on the banks of Lough Derg, where guests were entertained to a champagne reception, together with a full assortment of other light refreshments.
Following family photographs in the beautiful grounds adjoining their chosen venue, the newly married couple joined their guests in the hotels Banqueting Suite, where a lavish dinner was enjoyed by all, followed by live music and dancing very late into the evening.
A video recording of the days events were undertaken by top videographer Mr Pat Corbett
The couple have chosen the Mediterranean Island of Malta as their favoured honeymoon destination.
To Kathleen and Derek go the good wishes of all their families members and many friends here in counties Clare and Tipperary, for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together.
My very special thanks to hotel receptionist Lynsey Molloy, employee of the Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe, for her kindness on the day.
Eoin Kelly and Sarah Maher
Kilkenny launched their National Hurling League campaign under lights with a 1-17 to 1-10 win over Tipperary in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final.
Gearoid Ryan grabbed an early Tipperary goal, but the Cats hit back with a string of points, with John Mulhall and Michael Fennelly on top form, to lead by 0-13 to 1-7 at half-time.
Colin Fennelly’s second half goal set Kilkenny on their way to a Semple Stadium victory which reversed the outcome of last September’s dramatic Liam McCarthy Cup decider, making it a losing start for the new Tipp Manager Declan Ryan.
The Tipperary team were skippered by centre-back Conor O’Mahony, in the absence of Eoin Kelly, who missed his team’s crunch match tonight, having wed his long-term partner Sarah Maher in her home town of Ballingarry South just yesterday.
Team mates and friends turned up at the church in mixed weather to see Eoin and Sarah tie the knot, before the couple jetted off on honeymoon to Italy.
To Eoin and Sarah go best wishes to you both for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together, from all your many friends and supporters here in Co.Tipperary.
Mr James and Mrs Ann-Marie Ryan.
Despite the snow and freezing weather conditions, the wedding took place yesterday of the very lovely Miss Ann-Marie Delahunty, daughter of Mrs Anne and Mr Billy Delahunty, Templetuohy, Thurles Co. Tipperary, to Mr James Ryan, son of Mrs Josephine Ryan and the Late Mr Michael Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.
The wedding ceremony took place in the historic 19th century Church of The Sacred Heart, in Templetuohy, with the ceremony presided over by Rev. Fr. Pat Murphy, ably assisted by Rev. Fr. Liam Everard.
Escorted down the aisle by her father Billy, the bride looked stunning in a champagne lace vintage afternoon bridal gown. Equally beautiful were her bridesmaids, Aoife Fogarty, Lucy Fogarty, Helena Loughnane and Maryanne Loughnane, all who wore full-length seasonal red evening gowns, highlighted by matching champagne waist bands.
The groom, James and his groomsmen, Liam Stapleton, John Paul Ryan, Joseph Fahy and Darragh Ryan, all looked dashing in their black evening suits, elegantly highlighted by white wing collared shirts and matching red silk cravats.
The brides Flower Girl for the ceremony was Miss Leah Delahunty escorted by Pageboy, Master Aaron Ryan.
The couple publicly exchanged their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family and close friends, and following the ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs Ryan retired to the popular wedding venue, the four star Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel in the heart of Kilkenny City, where guests were entertained to a champagne and strawberry reception, together with other assorted refreshments.
Following family photographs at Kilkenny Castle and within the hotel’s expansive foyer, the newly married couple joined their guests in the hotels ‘Kings Banqueting Suite’ for a lavish feast, which was followed by live music and dancing very late into the evening.
A video recording of the days events were undertaken by top videographer Mr Eamon Anglim.
The couple intend to spend their honeymoon visiting the second most populous city in the United States, Los Angeles, and the most populous city in Nevada, Las Vegas, followed by a cruise in the Caribbean Sea.
To Ann-Marie and James, go best wishes to you both for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together, from all your family and many friends here in Co.Tipperary.