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Kanye believe it? Kim Kardashian and rapper West send fans into a frenzy at Irish honeymoon resort

By Steven Alexander

Scores of teenage fans and inquisitive locals have descended on a luxury resort in Cork after celebrity newlyweds – TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West – flew in for a 'secret' getaway after their Italian wedding.

The couple – known as 'Kimye' – took off for a rural retreat after celebrating their weekend wedding with several hundred guests at the 16th-century Fort Belvedere in Florence.

They are currently rumoured to be at the picturesque Castlemartyr resort in east Cork.

It was the groom's first marriage and the third for his bride. West proposed to Kardashian on her 33rd birthday last year.

The first sign of the superstar arrival was a private jet landing at Cork Airport on Sunday afternoon and a couple being whisked from the runway in limousines.

Keeping up with the Kardashians has never been more expensive – their five-day stay at Castlemartyr is thought to be costing around £40,000.

Nestled between the towns of Midleton and Youghal, the venue is surprisingly low-key and an elegant choice for the publicity-zealous couple.

The best room – the Presidential Suite – offers "the ultimate luxury" with stunning views of the 12th century castle and ornate gardens to the back of the hotel.

There is also a spacious bedroom and a large bathroom that is superbly appointed with a separate walk-in shower, full bath and its own sauna.

There are also spas, a fitness studio, four restaurants and 800-year-old castle ruins.

Golfers will enjoy the 18-hole, 6,790-yard, par 72 inland links-style course designed by Ron Kirby. Guests can take carriage rides around the 220 beautiful acres of grounds, as well as take part in archery or laser clay pigeon shooting.

The newly-weds are also expected to spend a day in Dublin.


The castle, from which the village of Castlemartyr takes its name, was first built in 1210 by The Knights Templar. In the centuries that followed, the lands changed hands many times, among its owners were Sir Walter Raleigh and Richard Boyle, the first Earl of Cork. The Manor House was built in the 17th century.

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