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Aisling and Wayne Avoid “Ike”

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The wedding took place in St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone on Friday September 5th of Aisling Grant, of Ballydonnell. Aisling is the second daughter of John and Mary Grant of Ballydonnell.

Aishling’s groom was Wayne Dunne who is the youngest son of Jim and Maureen Dunne of Geashill, Co. Offaly. Mass was celebrated and the wedding ceremony performed by Fr John McGrath P.P, Mullinahone. Aishling’s bridesmaids were her two sisters Pamela and Laura while the best man and the groomsman were brothers of the groom, Derek and Alan Dunne. The brides’ nephew Sean was the pageboy and ring bearer, while Eabha Dunne the grooms’ niece made a lovely flower girl.

The bride was given away in time honoured fashion by her father John Grant who also stole the award for the best speech at the wedding, even if he was run close by Fr. McGrath. At the wedding Mass, the gifts were brought to the altar by the mothers of the bride and groom, Mary Grant and Maureen Dunne. The readers at the Mass were Sandra Dunne and Lisa Clancy, while the prayers of the faithful were recited by Doreen Kelly, Eugene Corcoran, Katie Marshall, Sarah O Regan, Elaine Carey and Ian O Halloran.

A communion reflection was read by the brides’ friend Sandra O Keeffe. Ushers in the Church were Leanne O Regan and Rachel Brett while the Mass was served by Niamh Crotty and Clare and Alan Kelly. Images of the “big day” were captured on video/dvd by Eamon Anglim and photographed by Donal O Brien. A reception for the family and friends was held later in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny where guests enjoyed themselves until the “small hours” and indeed the not so small hours.

Ashling and Wayne spent their honeymoon in Miami and the Bahamas as this was early September; it was the height of the hurricane season in that part of the world. The newly weds spent some days playing “hide and seek” with hurricane Ike who failed to find them. Both have since returned to this part of the world and have taken up residence in their new home in Co. Offaly.

We wish them many years of wedded bliss together. Or final words echoes the advice read by Sandra O Keeffe “It is not only marrying the right partner, it is in being the right partner”.

Ad multos annos Ashling and Wayne.




"And I wouldn't much care for Sierra Leone, If I hadn't seen Killenaule
And the man that was never in Mullinahone,
Shouldn't say he had travelled at all."


poet. C.J. Boland