Seven of the Most Beautiful Irish Rugby Weddings

It emerged this week that Conor Murray and his longtime partner Joanna Cooper will be tying the knot after announcing their engagement, prompting a flood of congratulations for the happy couple.

Undoubtedly, like all newly engaged couples, they have many plans for their big day when it happens.

But it’s always a very special occasion and here Independent.ie has rounded up some of Ireland’s most beautiful rugby star weddings over the years, with all the bells and whistles.

Perhaps the biggest Irish rugby wedding ever was that of Brian O’Driscoll and actress Amy Huberman in 2010. The couple wed in the hamlet of Aughavas, Co Leitrim before a spectacular reception at nearby Lough Rynn Castle.

The wedding was a who’s who of celebrities with attendees including Chris O’Dowd, David O’Doherty, Pauline McLynn and a host of Irish rugby and sports stars including Paul O’Connell, Gordon D’Arcy and Donnacha O’ callaghan .

The couple traveled to the church in style in a white Bentley, but not before locals were treated to not just the couple, but the star-studded guest list with plenty of autographs and photos.

O’Driscoll wore an outfit by Louis Copeland, while Amy Huberman chose a cream Stephanie Allin dress.

The guests were treated to a champagne reception, a six-course menu and entertainment from the Camembert Quartet.

Adare Manor was the location for the fabulous wedding of Johnny Sexton and Laura Priestley. Dozens of locals gathered outside Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare, County Limerick to cheer for the happy couple after the ceremony ended.

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Laura wore a 1920s-inspired cream dress from Dublin boutique Myrtle Ivory, while Johnny looked sharp in Dublin in a light gray three-piece suit and tie with a white Michael Barry shirt.

The crowd outside cheered at the arrival for the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, Devin Toner and Ronan O’Gara, while models Nadia Forde and Holly Carpenter stunned in their attire.


Laura Priestley with her father Maurice arriving at the church for her wedding to Johnny Sexton in Adare, Co Limerick.

Several hundred guests joined the couple at nearby Adare Manor for the celebrations and they were treated to a menu of Parma ham and arugula salad, followed by goat’s cheese or smoked salmon.

A mojito sorbet followed and then the main thing; choice of monkfish or turnip fillet. There was a choice of desserts offered to guests.

To calm his nerves, Johnny played a round of golf at the now renovated Adare Manor and after the ceremony the couple flew to Las Vegas.

The couple tied the knot in Banner County with St. Senan’s Church in Kilrush, where Mass was held before heading to celebrations at Trump International, Doonbeg.

The bride wore a backless white gown with lace detailing, complete with a gorgeous veil, while the groom wore a three-piece suit in a navy shade, with his groomsmen also donning similar suits.


Rob Kearney and Jess Redden at their wedding reception at Trump International Doonbeg.

The couple were married during the pandemic, so the crowd had to be scaled back, but that didn’t stop Trump International from pulling out all the stops at an allegedly lavish celebration. Security at the five-star resort was tight but many of Ireland’s international rugby players have been spotted at Kilrush.

Sadly, despite all the precautions, Covid played a hand as Jess confirmed she contracted Covid early on during the couple’s exotic honeymoon. Jess took to Instagram to confirm the news and admitted: “It wasn’t the honeymoon we had planned”.

Irish rugby legend Paul O’Connell and Emily O’Leary married in the summer of 2013 in Auch, France.

The couple enjoyed a romantic ceremony at the beautiful Sainte Marie Cathedral, followed by a reception at the nearby Chateau Lartigolle in Pessan.

Emily wore a white Chantilly lace dress with floral detailing and a headpiece adorned with white flowers and feathers. Paul wore a blue suit, green tie and tan shoes. Her son Paddy acted as page boy that day.


Paul O’Connell and Emily O’Leary on their wedding day.

Paul recently revealed that there was a lot of laughter in the church, because the couple didn’t realize that the cathedral was a popular destination that didn’t close its doors, not even for weddings.

Topless men and men in Connacht polo shirts were unwelcome guests for the wedding, but the couple took it all in quip.

after the ceremony, TThe 18th-century estate, nestled among rolling hills and fields of sunflowers, was the port of call.

Guests, including a host of Irish rugby stars, enjoyed a banquet of local seasonal produce such as canapés of local foie gras with fig chutney or roast duck breast, starters such as shrimp and fennel cream soup, warm wild mushroom tarts with a spit roast as the centrepiece.

The former scrum half stringer from Münster and Ireland married marketing professional O’Leary in Marbella in 2015.

Debbie wore a beautiful white dress and veil while Peter looked good in a navy blue suit and pink tie.


Peter and Debbie pose with family members after their wedding in Marbella.

The newlyweds celebrated a fitting al fresco ceremony in the mountain village of Benahavis with famous friends including model Nadia Forde and former Irish teammates Donncha O’Callaghan, Mick Galwey, Alan Quinlan and Paul O’Connell.

They decided against bridesmaids and groomsmen and instead opted for a small affair with select guests.

The couple spent the rest of the week in Spain, basking in newlywed bliss with loved ones.

Ronan and Jessica were married at UCC’s Honan Chapel before up to 280 guests attended the wedding reception, held at the five star Sheraton at Fota Island Golf Resort in Co Cork.

The pair arrived at the swanky affair in a Rolls Royce and were joined by some of the game’s biggest names: Brian O’Driscoll, Peter Stringer, Paul O’Connell, Denis Leamy, Donnacha O’Callaghan, Keith Wood, Eddie O’Sullivan , Alan Quinlan, Shane Horgan, Denis Hickie and Malcolm O’Kelly.

After the wedding, the two flew to Barbados to celebrate their new life together.


Jessica and Ronan O’Gara on their wedding day in Cork in 2006

Ireland’s Out-Half and Dublin star Hannah Tyrrell said I’m doing it with partner Sorcha Turnbull last summer after Covid-19 postponed their big day in April this year.

The couple both opted for beaded bodice dresses and looked stunning as they celebrated their big day at the Dean Hotel in Dublin with family and friends.

Just three days after their wedding, Hannah became Player of the Match for Dublin in an All-Ireland semi-final and took to Instagram to share photos of the “best week ever”.


Hannah Tyrrell and Sorcha Turnbull on their wedding day in Dublin. Photo: Hannah Tyrrell/Instagram.

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