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
We hope you will join us for the celebration
*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.)
Followed by a Medieval Feast in Dunguaire Castle. (Click here to see original blog entry about Dunguaire Castle)
We held the “Rehearsal Dinner” in Cloghan Castle the night before our wedding,
followed by the Wedding Celebration and Reception the next day.
(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)
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)
Finally, Jay and I split off from the crowd and enjoyed a private honeymoon at the Ice House Hotel in Ballina, County Mayo.
To View our Galleries of Photographs Click on the Topics Below:
- Tour of the Burren, Cliffs of Moher
- Dunguaire Castle Medieval Feast
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Wedding Photos (taken by guests)
- Wedding Photos (professional)
- Tour of the Dingle Peninsula
- Honeymoon in Mayo
Thanks so much to all of our family and friends who attended. You’ve given us a precious gift of such wonderful memories!
Thinking of you and Jay and wishing you happy holidays! Your post about Pop Pop’s dumplings made me smile. Love, Todd
Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Glad you liked the blog!
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!!!!
Can’t wait to hear how it turns out when you do get a chance to make it! Good things come to those who wait!
This is beautiful. Now I want to get married in Ireland, too. Need to find a groom first!
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