A little over two years ago now, Jay and I were married in Cloghan Castle, Kilcrest, Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland. It was a lovely “soft” rainy day,

the castle was gorgeous, the ceremony beautiful and made ever so much more special by our many friends and family who traveled to join us in celebrating our marriage. We had a fantastic wedding planner Kate Deegan to whom we are eternally grateful, a wonderful priest, Father Joseph Ryan, who wrote and conducted an eloquent and touching ceremony and a talented photographer, Mike Mulcaire, who captured it all on film. Everything went so smoothly. It was just perfect! We originally started this blog to announce our engagement. Here is the original announcement as was seen here:

Sunday April 26, 2009 at four o’clock in the afternoon

Lea and Jay
are getting married
in Ireland

We hope you will join us for the celebration

Cloghan Castle
Kilchrest, Loughrea
County Galway

*Cloghan Castle is located approximately 1 hour from Shannon Airport and 1/2 hour from Galway city.

*Cloghan Castle does not permit any children under the age of 10 to be on the property at any time.

We also used this blog to advise guests from the US about travel in Ireland and to keep everyone updated on plans for the wedding weekend as they were formulated. As the big day approached, we had managed to plan quite a full schedule for everyone. We arranged a private tour of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. (Click here to see original blog entry about the Tour.)

The Burren

Cliffs of Moher

Followed by a Medieval Feast in Dunguaire Castle. (Click here to see original blog entry about Dunguaire Castle)

Dunguaire Castle

We held the “Rehearsal Dinner” in Cloghan Castle the night before our wedding,

We are the Cloghan Castle knights who say……

followed by the Wedding Celebration and Reception the next day.

And who gives this woman….

And I now pronounce you…


(Click here to read Our Best Man’s Wedding Toast). For guests who wished to travel to Dingle Ireland with us the following day, we arranged and Archaeological tour of the Dingle Peninsula. (Click here to see original blog entry about Dingle)

Conor Pass View

Slea Head Drive

Gallarus Oratory

Dingle Pubs

Dingle Pubs II

Several guests, as well as Jay and I travelled to gorgeous Ashford Castle where we were trained in Falconry. (Click here to read about Ireland’s First School of Falconry at Ashford Castle)

Skellig and Lea

Lea and Jay Falconry

Brian Launches Hawk

Will and Hawk

Fitz and Alice with Hawks

Finally, Jay and I split off from the crowd and enjoyed a private honeymoon at the Ice House Hotel in Ballina, County Mayo.

At the Ice House

Champagne Breakfasts

Ceide Fields

To View our Galleries of Photographs Click on the Topics Below:

Thanks so much to all of our family and friends who attended. You’ve given us a precious gift of such wonderful memories!

6 Responses to Wedding

  1. Todd Allen says:

    Thinking of you and Jay and wishing you happy holidays! Your post about Pop Pop’s dumplings made me smile. Love, Todd

  2. Anne Albright says:

    Soooo excited to make the chili. Was hoping to do it now but I have to wait until later……. Super excited! Will let you know how it goes. I will never be the same!!!!

  3. Aubrey says:

    This is beautiful. Now I want to get married in Ireland, too. Need to find a groom first!

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