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Our Wedding Story: Mary Gallagher and Liam Phelan

Portlaoise couple Mary Gallagher and Liam Phelan – who tied the knot on August 19 last year – are the first to feature on ‘Our Wedding Story’.

Mary from Ballycarroll, near the Rock of Dunamaise, and Liam, a native of Clonreher, met in the Foundry Night Club in Carlow.

“Many moons ago – 15 years to be precise – and the romance blossomed from there,” says Mary. “We got engaged on February 20, 2015.

“The proposal took place when Liam treated me to a weekend away in Castle Dargan resort, Co Sligo, where he got down on one knee,” she adds.

They got married in The Church of the Assumption, The Heath, with the reception afterwards for 210 guests in The Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny.

Mary lived in Galway for 16 years before relocating back home last April. She then took a managerial position in Bemis Healthcare Packaging. Liam is a self-employed plumber, working locally.

Mary and Liam are living in Ballyfin while the construction of their new home in Cappagh North is underway. “We are hoping the big move will take place in early April,” says Mary.

Chief bridesmaid: Eimear Gallagher

Bridesmaids: Jackie Hennessy and Linda Potter

Flower girls: Kara and Keeva Phelan

Best man: Paraic Phelan

Groomsmen: Shane Mitchell and Mark Keenan

Parents of bride: Charles and Elizabeth Gallagher

Parents of groom: Pat and Marie Phelan

Dress: Smart Brides, designer Mark Lesley

Hair: The Company, Portlaoise, with the bride’s tresses tended to by Kevin Hogan.

Make-up: Laura Behan

Groom’s and groomsmens’ suits: Galvin’s Tullamore

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Aurora, Newbridge

The menu: Starter – crispy chicken, bacon and wild mushroom parcel, rocket salad and wild garlic pesto. Soup – butternut squash with nutmeg. Sorbet – Tropical passion fruit and mango; Main course – roast prime sirloin of Irish Angus beef on fine beans with truffle butter, fondant potato and cabarnet jus; Roast fillet of cod with a lemon and herb crust, creamed leek and salomon sauce; Dessert – Lyrath estate symphony of mini wild berry pavlova, apple crumble, Baileys cheesecake

What you drank: Moet for the day that was in it. The wine was Santa Rita 120.

The cake: A three-tier confection of fruit, chocolate biscuit and lemon drizzle.

First dance song: Ed Sheeran, ‘Thinking Out Loud.’ “However, Picture This’ ‘Take My Hand’ is one song that will always remind us of our big day,” Mary says

Band: Top of the Popz. “Highly recommended,” enthuses Mary

Photographer: Patrick Ryan

Videography: Brendan Brophy. “A great team that captured every moment of our big day perfectly and made us feel at ease throughout,” Mary says.

Best memory: “There were so many amazing memories, it’s hard to pick out one,” reflects Mary. “Meeting each other at the top of the aisle has to be the best moment of the day,” she recalls.The crowd’s reaction to the singing chef entertainment during the meal was hilarious. And as for the dance floor it was so much fun – we were both on cloud nine and didn’t want the day to end.”

Honeymoon: Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri, and Rome in Italy.


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Caroline Allen is a freelance journalist based in Portlaoise. She has written for numerous local and national publications and lives outside Portlaoise with her husband Martin and sons Evan and Colin