Couple who strike up romance talking Co Kildare GAA celebrate wedding

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By Louise McCarthy 21:00 Tuesday 29th of September 2015

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BallymoreEustace woman was in her pyjamas when the love of her life caught her by surprise and proposed to her.

Sharon O’Donoghue, a past pupil of St Mary’s College, Naas, celebrated a beautiful wedding recently, to Barry Ward.

Barry had put a lot of time and effort into the proposal, but in the end, he just blurted the proposal out, at their home in Essex.

The couple had just returned from a holiday in France. Barry had been desperately trying to source a contact number for Sharon’s father, to get permission.  After getting permission, he asked for Sharon’s hand in marriage.

Sharon said: “We were just back from a holiday, I was on the phone talking about my holiday for about an hour. When I got off the phone, he said, ‘before you tell me anything else, will you marry me?’’

The romance began eight years ago at the Gaiety Night Club in Dublin.

At the time, Barry from Swords, was also working in Dublin.

They both share a great interest in sports, and enjoy the banter with Barry an ardent Aston Villa supporter while Sharon sides with Man Utd.

Additionally the couple have a passion for GAA.

They moved to the United Kingdom two years ago, because of work.

Organising a wedding from Essex was made easy with the assistance of a wonderful woman at Violet Flowers in Kildare town.

Sharon said: “I only met her once, she designed the flowers for the altar, the ribbons, bouquets, she did a fantastic job.”

Family and friends were also a huge help, ensuring that the day was perfect.

The bride purchased her dress at Nicola Ross, Naas, while Nicky Fanning did her hair.

Mass was celebrated by well-known local priest Fr Jimmy Kelly. There was a gospel choir performing during the ceremony, with Joyful Joyful from Sister Act, one of Sharon’s favourites.

The couple had a very memorable day surrounded by family and friends, including Sharon’s parents, Rose and Paul, along with Barry’s parents, Vincent and Angela.

At the Castledurrow Hotel guests got to enjoy the cake, made by Nicola Acari Confectionary. The cake showed the bride and groom sitting on the top of two tiered suitcases with iced passports.

There was a framed photographer of Niall ‘Nuckser’ Buckley, a former Co Kildare player.

A discussion on the bold Nuckser had started off the romance.

After the great day, the couple drove to Dublin, the following day and went to Shanahans on the Green for steak.

They then drove from Wales to Essex and from there to a whirlwind wedding honeymoon including Slovenia and Italy.

Photographs by Paul Duane

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