A couple who found romance at last year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Derry have returned to the city to get married and members of the Fleadh organising committee were in attendance to join in their wedding celebrations.
The happy couple are Jonathan McCloskey from Church Street, Limavady and Anne McGuinness from Faughanvale who were married in Derry’s Guildhall last Friday afternoon,
Eibhlín Ní Dhochartaigh and Ailish McDaid, representing the Fleadh organising committee, presented the newlyweds with a specially inscribed piece of Derry crystal to mark the Fleadh’s special involvement in their romance,
Jonathan and Anne went to school together but afterwards lost touch.
However, after a chance meeting at the Fleadh Cheoil last August they began going out together and within months they were engaged and making plans to marry.
Cupid certainly had his eye on the couple amidst the thousands of people who came to Derry to enjoy the Fleadh as Anne and Jonathan explained.
“I’d lived in England for twenty-two and a half years and just came back for the Fleadh,”, Anne told the ‘Journal’ while Jonathan, who works in Belfast, added that he only got to the Fleadh one night, and that was the night he had the good fortune to meet Anne.
“It was the Wednesday night, the only night I was at the fleadh and we met up outside Peadar O’Donnell’s bar in Waterloo Street.
“The place was absolutely jammed, but somehow we bumped into each other and got chatting.
After a romantic trip to Cuba in December the couple got engaged in February with Jonathan popping the question on Derry’s Peace Bridge.
When they started to plan their wedding, they decided it had to be in Derry and after Friday’s ceremony their 140 guests were entertained by Irish traditional musicians, the McKee Family from Ballinascreen who also played at last year’s Fleadh.
Speaking on behalf of the Fleadh organising committee Eibhlin Ni Dochartaih, said they were delighted the couple had found love at the Fleadh and their wedding made it a double celebration for the Fleadh which also won the Northern Ireland Tourism Best Event/Festival Award.
Jonathan and Anne are touring Ireland for their honeymoon before settling down to married life in Limavady.