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Just married: Ciara and Stephen Carbin

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By Eddie McIlwaine

Nanny Ciara McGarry said goodbye to her family in Crumlin, Co Antrim and jetted off to New York in search of pastures new.

And one evening Ciara (28), dropped in at the restaurant in Queens where her friend Louise Donnelly, another Crumlin exile, worked. And there she met the man of her dreams — joiner Stephen Carbin (30), originally from Co Monaghan.

Now the couple have just married on the Hilton Hotel beach in Clearwater, Florida, with Ciara’s dad, Eamonn McGarry, a long-time staffer with McLean bookmakers, looking on at the service conducted by Pastor Lon Tosi. Ciara, Eamonn’s daughter with his late partner Lynda Lindsay, who died seven years ago, fell for the Big Apple when she went there to spend a holiday with Louise.

And no sooner had she settled permanently in Queens than she fell in love all over again, this time with Stephen.

“When I heard he was from Monaghan I knew he would be a gentleman because I always enjoyed visits to the county and meeting the locals when I lived in Crumlin,” said Ciara.

Stephen added: “I always knew there was another Crumlin somewhere apart from the one in the Republic, but I knew little about the Co Antrim village until I met Ciara. We’ll visit her dad there on holiday one of these summers.”

Ciara’s married sisters, Donna Davison, from Gilford, and Sharon Smith, from Belfast, made the trip to Florida to be matrons of honour and good pal Louise made up the trio as bridesmaid. The best man was Stephen’s pal Niall McCague.

The reception, for 50 guests from Northern Ireland, New York and Canada, was held in the Hilton, where Ciara’s father Eamonn told the assembly how much he missed her back home.

“But I know she’s happy with Stephen,” said Eamonn, “even though she had to go on such a roundabout journey to meet a man who grew up just down the road in Monaghan.”

Wedding bells with a Crumlin echo are going to ring out all over again across the Atlantic next year when Louise walks up the aisle with her beau, Liam McNelis. Liam is also from Monaghan.

‘She went on such a roundabout journey to meet a man from just down the road’

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