Child of Prague ensures Brosnan’s big day is shaken, not soaked

Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is glad his wife Keely talked him into a large church wedding in Ireland — because the big day remains one of his most special memories.

Nearly 12 years ago the Navan-born actor was hoping for a simple affair on the beach near the couple’s Malibu retreat.

But his wife-to-be insisted he go to Ireland and find her a proper wedding site.

Brosnan, 60, revealed: “We had a church lined up and then they wouldn’t allow us to use it for some religious reason or other, which is archaic and not even worth talking about.

“So my wife said: ‘You got to go find me a church!’ So she sent me on a plane back to Ireland to look for a church.

Travelling to the west of Ireland, Brosnan found the perfect location for their big day.

“We got married in Ballintubber Abbey and held the reception in Ashford Castle,” he said. “It was August and I remember this old woman telling me we had to get a Child of Prague statue and put it outside the west corner of the building to make sure it didn’t rain.

“The Child of Prague is a little statue of Jesus dressed as a king and it’s an old tradition to put it out the night before a wedding. So I staggered out after my night out with the lads and many Guinnesses into the gardens of Ashford Castle and found a hydrangea bush and put the statue in it.

“It actually was raining in the morning when we went into the cathedral and by the time we came out it was golden. It was a gorgeous day and I remember Keely getting into the car in this cloud of wedding dress and looking like a princess, with all the local people out lining the streets.

“It was a mighty, mighty day. It was great. It was truly great. It was romantic beyond years.

“It was at the height of James Bond and we were just gonna get married in Malibu on the beach but thought the paparazzi were gonna kill us.”

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