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Love match for Paddy Barnes as boxer weds Mari Burns

Champ ties the knot with partner of 14 years

By Ali Gordon

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes' bride proved she was a knockout as she tied the knot with her long term love on Saturday

The sun shone as Mari Burns and the WBO European flyweight champion, who have two daughters, Eireann and Fianna, were married in front of family and friends at St Bernard's Church on the Antrim Road in north Belfast.

The bride looked stunning in her white wedding dress which had a floral lace design with a mesh overlay at the top. Her dark hair was pinned up loosely with a French braid and her lace-trimmed veil flowed down the back.

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A radiant Mari [Photo: Twitter]

Paddy was kitted out in a navy three-piece suit with a navy and white polka dot tie.

Announcing their marriage, Paddy took to Twitter to share their delight. The sportsman shared a selfie taken in the back of their vintage wedding car with the caption 'And the new!'

The newlyweds then enjoyed a reception at Ballymena's Tullyglass Hotel.

Fellow boxers Carl Frampton and Michael Conlan were Paddy's groomsmen while his pal Anto Campbell was best man.

In a touching Twitter post written shortly before the wedding, Mari said: "14 years ago I met someone very special who changed my life for ever. Two babies later, lots of tears but more importantly lots of amazing, amazing memories and today we are getting married. Love you so much Paddy Barnes, see you at the altar (don't be late)."

Ulster rugby star Chris Henry also wed on Saturday, to Jade Hamilton, in front of a host of players, including Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackson, in a sunny ceremony in Donegal.

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