Gesture will help keep charity afloat

A bride and groom who took the plunge yesterday interrupted their wedding day to make a special donation to the RNLI.

Fisherman Kieran Geasley, 29, from Cobh, Co Cork, and his new wife, Patricia Lenihan, 28, from Carrigaline, tied the knot before family and friends in Patricia’s local Co Cork church yesterday afternoon.

But the newlyweds, who fell in love during a regatta and who have a strong connection to the sea, stopped off at Crosshaven lifeboat station on the way to their reception in Ballincollig’s Oriel House Hotel to make a special delivery.

Kieran, who fishes out of Union Hall and who volunteered with Dunmore East lifeboat crew in Co Waterford for four years, said they have always been strong supporters of the lifeboat organisation.

“I’ve never had to call on them during my work — and hopefully never will — but we thought we would like to make a donation instead of putting favours on the tables at the wedding reception,” Kieran said.

The couple met six years ago during Cork Week — the huge sailing regatta which takes place in Crosshaven every two years.

They were joined at yesterday’s donation ceremony by Patricia’s maid of honour Niamh Mahony, her bridesmaid Edel Collins, and by Kieran’s best man Aidan Neeshaw and his brother, Christopher Mulcahy.

The couple spent last night celebrating and they are due to head off from Dublin to Canada on Sunday for their honeymoon — a week in Vancouver before embarking on a week-long cruise around Alaska.

Kieran is due back on board the trawler in three weeks’ time.

Crosshaven RNLI spokesman Jon Mathers said they were delighted with the couples’ gesture. “It’s costs around €1,000 every year to train, maintain and equip a lifeboat crew member, so this donation will be put to very good use saving lives,” he said.

“And we would all like to wish Kieran and Patricia a long and happy life together.”


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