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Just Married: All aboard the love boat to Rathlin Island

Ian and Nuala Duncan from Rathlin Island have kicked off married life in style after meeting on New Year's Eve in Ballycastle three-and-a-half years ago.

Farmer and builder Ian (44) and Nuala (42), a nurse, fell in love and became engaged in August 2011 on a ferry to France.

"We had to sleep in the bar all night," Ian explained. "I'm not the greatest for planes and flying so we bought a van and travelled on down to Spain."

Ian has found love again after he was widowed six years ago.

"My first wife died of cancer and myself and my son moved to Rathlin and renovated a cottage, then I met Nuala," he said. "It's very hard for someone to take on an old farmer from Rathlin!"

The couple married on August 23 at St Mary's Church on Rathlin and a reception followed at Carrick-a-Rede Hotel in Ballintoy.

"Tom McLaughlin from Redbay Boats left us into Ballintoy harbour," Ian said. "The day was absolutely great. There was a really good gap in the weather. We got a break.

"Big thanks to Sham McGinn who supplied the wedding car and also owns Carrick-a-Rede."

Nuala added: "We had 330 guests. Mairead McVeigh did the catering, she is the only person who could have pulled it off. A lot of people had to come together to make the day.

"Uncle Seamus set off some rifle shots at Ballintoy harbour. It's a tradition up this way that hasn't been done for years."

Married life is going well. Nuala said. "We had a relaxing day, it was the talk of the town. We're still on a high from it."

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