Valentine’s Day joy for Ailbhe and Darragh

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Love was in the air this Saturday as two long term lovers tied the knot at their Valentine’s Day themed wedding in Redcastle.

Darragh Tighe from Redcastle and Ailbhe Stephens from Dublin exchanged their nuptials at St. Columba’s Church in Drung on Saturday-the closest day to Valentine’s as possible.

The extravagant themed reception was then held at The Carlton Hotel, Redcastle, where they decorated the dining room to the highest romantic standard.

The glowing bride spoke to the ‘Journal’ the day before her big day about

“It’s a very special day for us, and when we decided we wanted to get married I knew straight away I wanted it in and around Valentine’s Day, but unfortunately it was a Monday, so we wanted the weekend around it, and thankfully the Redcastle Hotel was available.

“We have decorated the church ourselves in our Valentines red and white theme and of course our bridesmaid are wearing red, but it so happens it is also my favourite colour.

However getting married in Redcastle holds sentimental memories for the young couple, as Darragh’s father Billy recently passed away.

“It will be an extra special day for Darragh as his dad Billy died before Christmas. Billy worked in the hotel business for years, including the Redcastle Hotel. We knew we wanted to get married their as a tribute to him, and also it’s a fabulous hotel.

“Although it will be sad, as we will be remembering him and also Darragh’s Mother Kay, who died in 2009, we hope to see it as a day of celebration and a happy occasion, as that is what Billy and Kay would have wanted.”

The couple had been together for eight years before they decided to tie the knot in a lavish sentimental ceremony.

“We been seeing each other since 2003 so I guess it’s about time we got married, but we wanted to do things right.”

The Redcastle Carlton holds more sentiment and happy memories for Darragh as a pro golfer, Ailbhe, who is a marketing manager at the Stillorgan Park Hotel in Dublin, says he learnt his trade on their greens.

“It’s funny because Darragh spent years playing golf there. He’s now a pro-golfer and the manager of Howth Golf Club.

“We have people coming to the wedding from all over the world, so it’ll be nice not only to have a big party, but also to tell them a few stories about the place as well.”