The wife of Brian

DESPITE a few early showers the weather played its part beautifully for the celebrity wedding of the year.

The sun shone down as one of Ireland’s greatest sporting heroes, Brian O’Driscoll tied the knot with his girlfriend of three years, actress and author Amy Huberman.The 250 guests included Irish rugby stars Rob Kearney, Donnacha O’Callaghan, Gordon Darcy and Paddy Wallace who began to arrive by bus just after 1pm with Munster captain Paul O’Connell and actress Pauline McLynn some of the last guests to arrive.

The Irish rugby captain arrived promptly at St Joseph’s Church in Aughavas at 1.25pm in a Lexus 4x4 with his two best men Damien O’Donoghue and Donovan Rossi and groomsman Ciaran Scally. Brian posed for photographs and held his goddaughter and niece, Katie Kennedy, outside before greeting friends and family as they arrived. O’Driscoll said he was feeling great and when asked if Amy was due to arrive any time soon he replied: “Here’s hoping” and then flashed his trademark grin.

At 2.20pm a white Rolls Royce was greeted with huge applause from the crowds of locals and rugby fans who gathered to wish the couple well on their big day. After a few moments of last-minute adjustments Amy emerged from the car in an exquisite white princess-style dress with her father, followed by her four bridesmaids in pink.

Fr Vincent Twomey celebrated the wedding Mass. Fr Twomey is the uncle of Barry Twomey, Brian’s close friend who died tragically in May 2008.

At 3.30pm a huge roar followed by applause was heard from within the church and moments later they came out and shared a kiss at the top of the steps.

The happy couple chatted with guests and smiled for photographs before departing at around 4.30pm. As they left the driver beeped the horn and the crowd cheered as the newlyweds were driven off to attend the reception at the nearby Lough Rynn Castle as man and wife.

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