Hurling superstar Lar Corbett and his new wife jet off to Rome today on honeymoon.
The childhood sweethearts celebrated their nuptials until the early hours of yesterday morning with family and friends in their hometown of Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Lar, 31, is taking a break with his bride, Elaine Gleeson, before he gets stuck into training for another season with the Tipperary hurlers.
Elaine’s sister, Linda, revealed that the newlyweds were “looking forward” to honeymooning in Rome.
The couple tied the knot in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles on Saturday before throwing a reception for more than 250 guests in the Anner Hotel.
Hurling fans who turned out to see their hero, Lar, were wowed by Elaine, who wore a fitted white sequin gown complete with a long train and floor-length veil for her big day.
The stunning brunette was driven to the church in a willow golden coloured 1978 Vintage Rolls-Royce before being walked down the aisle by her father, Paddy Gleeson.
Lar had been waiting patiently for his bride, who was 30 minutes late. By the hurler’s side to help him keep his cool were his best man, Tommy Maher, and groomsmen Ger “Redser” O’Grady and Tommy Collins.
The quartet have been friends since their school days in Thurles.
Lar, the 2010 hurler of the year, had a nervous smile for the hurling fans who greeted him outside the church.
The groom’s party wore dark charcoal suits with white shirts and pale blue ties. Lar opted for an off-white tie.
Elaine’s sister, Linda, and friends Samantha Curtis and Michelle Hogan, were bridesmaids.
They wore figure-hugging navy satin and lace fish-tail dresses. Elaine’s niece, Aoife Gleeson, cut a dashing figure in a ballerina length dress with pumps and a faux fur gilet.
When the bride and groom emerged following the ceremony, which lasted over an hour, Tipp hurlers, including this year’s captain Paul Curran and Lar’s team-mates, Eoin Kelly, Paudie Maher, Pa Bourke, Eamonn Corcoran, and Micheal Webster, formed a guard of honour with their hurleys.
“They’re a lovely couple,” said a friend of the newlyweds.
“They were so relaxed about their big day and I’m thrilled for them.”
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