Couple take honeymoon detour to fly back for All-Ireland

Love knows no bounds for one Donegal couple — the love of football that is.

Newlyweds Orla and John Sheridan are in one of the most romantic cities in the world — Rome — on honeymoon. But the lovebirds have decided to jet back for Sunday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park between Donegal and Mayo.

The couple then plan to jet back to the Italian capital after the big game to complete their romantic getaway.

The GAA-mad couple will jet into Dublin on Saturday and then fly back out on Monday.

Orla, who is from Castlefinn and John, who is from Creeslough, tied the knot last Saturday in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey and flew out to Italy last Monday.

Orla’s sister Mary Cooke said the couple are GAA fanatics and haven’t missed a game this year.

John, who plays for St Michael’s in Creeslough, even arranged for his stag party to take place near Clones in Co Monaghan so he could attend the Ulster GAA Final.

The romantic Donegal man whisked Orla off to London in December 2010 and proposed to her at the top of the London Eye.

Orla’s sister Mary admitted that while the couple are so in love, there’s already three in their relationship.

“They had their flights booked but didn’t know if they were going to get tickets for the game.

“But when we got confirmation of tickets, they didn’t think about it for one minute and were planning the detour back to Dublin for the game.

“They’re hilarious — they’re only married a few days but there’s already three in the relationship — Orla, John and football.

“It’s going to be a great weekend and it would really get married life off to a great start if Donegal win the Sam Maguire.

“We just hope they’re able to get back to Rome to finish their honeymoon and don’t party too much if Donegal win.

“The craic here will be brilliant if Donegal win and they might have to finish their honeymoon another time,” laughed Mary.

The couple will be joined by many of their family and friends who have also secured tickets for the game.


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