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Rory McIlroy says wedding to Erica Stoll was 'best weekend of my life'

Rory McIlroy showcases wedding ring in first appearance since marriage

Rory McIlroy's parents, Gerry and Rosie pictured leaving Ashford Castle, Cong Co. Mayo after yesterday's wedding of Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 23/4/2016
Rory McIlroy's parents, Gerry and Rosie pictured leaving Ashford Castle, Cong Co. Mayo after yesterday's wedding of Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 23/4/2016
Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline leave Ashford Castle after attending the Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll wedding. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 23/4/2017
Locals look on as guests leave after attending the Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll wedding. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 23/4/2017
Bride to be Aoife Power (centre ) stops with her hen party outside Ashford Castle in Co Mayo. Pic Niall Carson/PA Wire
A newly erected sign from Ballinrobe Golf Club at the gates of Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo, ahead of the Rory and Erica’s wedding today STEVE HUMPHREYS
The Ashford Castle Honeymoon suite. Pic Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Rory McIlroy with and his bride-to-be Erica Stoll
Bride to be Aoife Power (centre ) stops with her hen party outside Ashford Castle in Co Mayo. Pic Niall Carson/PA Wire
Security check a van outside Ashford Castle in Co Mayo, where golf star Rory McIlroy is to marry Erica Stoll. Pic Niall Carson/PA Wire
Photographers outside Ashford Castle in Co Mayo, where golf star Rory McIlroy is to marry Erica Stoll. PicNiall Carson/PA Wire
Bride to be Aoife Power (centre ) stops with her hen party outside Ashford Castle in Co Mayo. Pic Niall Carson/PA Wire
Security outside Ashford Castle in Co Mayo, where Golf star Rory McIlroy is to marry Erica Stoll. Pic Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tight security at the gates of Ashford Castle in Cong Co Mayo ahead of the Rory McIlroy wedding to Erica Stoll this weekend.
An empty wedding limousine passes the gates of Ashford Castle in Cong Co Mayo ahead of the Rory McIlroy wedding to Erica Stoll this weekend
Brian Murphy who is Bono's personal bodyguard and also Rory McIlroy's (silver hair in centre) was among the tight security at the gates of Ashford Castle in Cong Co Mayo ahead of the Rory McIlroy wedding to Erica Stoll this weekend
Rory McIlroy is marrying Erica Stoll at Ashford Castle
Security was tight at Ashford Castle in Cong Co Mayo ahead of the Rory McIlroy wedding to Erica Stoll this weekend.
Gerry Collins, owner of The Quiet Man Museum and Guided Tours in Cong Village in Co Mayo
Security was tight at Ashford Castle in Cong Co Mayo ahead of the Rory McIlroy wedding to Erica Stoll this weekend
A statue of 'The Quiet Man' actor John Wayne and actress Maureen O'Hara
Putting the finishing touches to Cong Village in Co Mayo
Rory McIlroy and Harry Diamond (R)
Tight security at the gates of Ashford Castle in Cong Co Mayo ahead of the Rory McIlroy wedding to Erica Stoll this weekend.
Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy
Claire Williamson

Rory McIlroy has spoken about his wedding to Erica Stoll for the first time saying it was the "best weekend of my life".

The 27-year-old golfer got married to the Erica (29) in an intimate ceremony on the grounds of Ashford Castle last month.

McIlroy's management team worked overtime to ensure the wedding details remained top secret from the large media entourage which descended on Cong, Co Mayo.

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Speaking before The Players championship in Florida on Tuesday McIlroy was asked about the past exciting couple of weeks.

McIlroy held his hand up and showed his wedding ring as he described the events.

He described his wedding as "the best weekend of his life" and that they were happy to keep it private.

He said: "I got married and went on honeymoon and enjoyed that.

"I've been trying to lose a bit of weight before this week and try to shed a few pounds before here.

Rory McIlroy shows his wedding ring. Pic: PGA Tour Facebook Live.
Rory McIlroy shows his wedding ring. Pic: PGA Tour Facebook Live.
Rory McIlroy shows his wedding ring. Pic: PGA Tour Facebook Live.

He added: "Everything has been great. I feel like my game is in good shape."

Speaking about the wedding he said it was the "best weekend of my life".

He said: "It was awesome, it was the best weekend of my life and hopefully of Erica's aswell.

"It was really cool. We tried to keep it as private as possible, it was between our friends and families and we didn't really want anything else.

"It was a weekend of celebrations. We had a welcome reception on the Friday, the whole wedding day on the Saturday and a farewell brunch on Sunday. We spent three really nice days days with the people we cherish the most and that was really special."

The Holywood golfer was joined by a host of top names and celebrities including One Direction's Niall Horan, along with fellow player Sergio Garcia at his wedding.

The wedding in the 13th century castle was said to be a who's who of Irish sport, showbusiness and financial worlds, with the 200-plus wedding guests entertained by US pop star Stevie Wonder.

Three separate layers of security were in place around the estate including perimeter patrols.

Special measures were also taken to prevent drones equipped with cameras from flying over the estate.

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