Thursday, July 06, 2006
IN WHAT has certainly been a stellar year for the Irish international and Munster out-half, Ronan O’Gara will today break the hearts of Munster’s female fans by marrying his long-term girlfriend at a lavish wedding in Cork.
Already this year, O’Gara has helped Ireland win the Triple Crown and the Six Nations and helped bring the Heineken Cup back to Munster. He’ll top off his achievements by marrying Jessica Daly at UCC’s Honan Chapel.
27-year-old Jessica and 28-year-old Ronan have been an item for 10 years and a family friend of the O’Garas will celebrate the Mass, with Bishop of Cork and Ross, John Buckley on hand to give his blessing.
Up to 280 guests are expected to attend the wedding including Irish captain, Brian O’Driscoll and Munster teammates Peter Stringer and Paul O’Connell. Former Munster player Dominic Crotty has returned home from the US for the bash.
The reception will be held at Cork’s newest hotel, the five-star Sheraton at the Fota Island Golf Resort. Jessica’s sisters Adrienne, Lucy and Katie will be bridesmaids.
It’s been quite a week for Irish rugby players. Ronan and Jessica are just back from Italy, where they attended the marriage of Munster’s David Wallace to Aileen Clancy from Limerick.
Ronan and Jessica have built a house in the Cork suburb of Douglas, where Jessica is a primary school teacher.
Jessica and Ronan are known to want to keep the day as low-key as possible and enjoy the occasion with family and friends.