Belfast Telegraph

Sports stars see O'Driscoll wed

A simple thumbs-up on arrival from the bride provoked cheers and applause from fans who stood for hours waiting today for Ireland's society wedding of the year.

Actress Amy Huberman was a respectable 20 minutes late when she pulled-up in a white Bentley with a Garda escort to St Joseph's Church in Aughavas, Co Leitrim.

Groom and Irish Rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll arrived 40 minutes earlier, sporting a dark Louis Copeland suit, grey waistcoat and champagne-coloured tie.

He shook hands with locals and posed for photographs, sending teenage girls into fits of giggles. But the loudest cheers were reserved for his bride-to-be, famed for her on screen role in the hit RTE show The Clinic.

Dressed in an off-white, strapless dress with a half veil by designer Stephanie Allin, Huberman, clutching a pink bouquet and surrounded by four bridesmaids, beamed for photos and waved to the crowd before walking up the aisle.

Inside some of the top stars of Irish rugby filled the pews togged out in tuxedos, including Shane Horgan, Gordon D'Arcy, Denis Hickey, Luke Fitzgerald, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell and Victor Costello.

Other notable figures on the 250-strong guest list included actress Victoria Smurfit, concert promoter Denis Desmond, actor Chris O'Dowd, famous for his role in The IT Crowd, and Pauline McGlynn, best loved for her tea-loving Mrs Doyle role in Father Ted.

The ceremony lasted just over an hour, with the couple gathering in the church porch at the close to share a kiss. They mingled among guests in the courtyard before leaving amid a confetti shower in the Bentley, glass of champagne in their hands, to a round of applause.

Father Vincent Twomey celebrated the wedding Mass - an uncle of O'Driscoll's close friend Barry Twomey who died in May 2008.

The village of Mohill was the closest urban centre, and locals marked the route with banners wishing the couple well.


From Belfast Telegraph