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Cork Lives
Claire Fennell and Darren Roche enjoyed their wedding reception at The Kinsale Hotel and Spa.
Claire Fennell and Darren Roche enjoyed their wedding reception at The Kinsale Hotel and Spa.
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Wedding of the Week: An Easter proposal

THERE was a special New Year’s wedding celebration for this couple, who got engaged last Easter.

Claire Fennell and Darren Roche live in Grange, Fermoy, where he hails from. Claire is from Dungarvan, County Waterford.

 Claire Fennell and Darren Roche, with their son Cathal. The family live in Grange, Fermoy. Pictures: Dermot O'Sullivan.

Claire Fennell and Darren Roche, with their son Cathal. The family live in Grange, Fermoy. Pictures: Dermot O'Sullivan.

The couple met in the queue for Voodoo Rooms in Cork in October, 2013. They bumped into each other later on in the nightclub and exchanged numbers.

 Claire Fennell with her bridesmaids.

Claire Fennell with her bridesmaids.

Claire said: “We got engaged last Easter (April 23, 2019) at home. Cathal, our little boy who was only a year and a half at the time, helped his dad bring me the ring. It was just us, at home together, it was lovely.

“We got married in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork, on New Year’s Eve, 2019.

 Claire Fennell and Darren Roche with their wedding party at Charles Fort in Kinsale.

Claire Fennell and Darren Roche with their wedding party at Charles Fort in Kinsale.

“I had two wedding dresses — a long, traditional style dress for the ceremony and a shorter one for dancing later in the evening. Both dresses and my veil were bought in The Moderne, Cork. Alterations were by Maya O’Brien Alterations, Cork.

Hair was by Hairsyles By Dana, Cork. Make-up was done by Leon Sheehan, Kinsale, Cork.

Suits were from Morley’s, Grand Parade, Cork.

 Claire Fennell and Darren Roche were wed at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork city.

Claire Fennell and Darren Roche were wed at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork city.

Joining them on the special day were Darren’s family, dad (Pat), mum (Margaret), brothers (Devon and John), Best friend (Seán McCarthy) and the bride and groom’s little boy, Cathal.

While Claire’s family included dad (Ed), mam (Geraldine), and sisters (Aoife, Ruth and Anna). Also present was her Gran (Mary, aged 85) who looked amazing on the day.

 Claire Fennell and Darren Roche, enjoyed their wedding reception at the Kinsale Hotel and Spa. Pictures: Dermot O'Sullivan

Claire Fennell and Darren Roche, enjoyed their wedding reception at the Kinsale Hotel and Spa.

Pictures: Dermot O'Sullivan

“All of my sisters were in Australia during the year when we got engaged and it was wonderful to have them all at home for Christmas and in the run up to the wedding, and for the day itself.”

Fr Terry O’ Brien (MSC) officiated at the ceremony in The Sacred Heart Church, Western Road.

They had their wedding reception at The Kinsale Hotel & Spa and were full of praise for the venue: “Everything was perfect for us. We couldn’t recommend it highly enough.”

Flowers were from Darling Buds, the car was from East Cork Wedding Cars, cake was from Cata’s Cakes, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, while the band was the amazing Love Bugs. The couple’s first song was Van Morrisson, Have I Told You Lately”.

Mr and Mrs Roche.
Mr and Mrs Roche.

The videographer and DJ was Anthony Fleming and the photographer was Dermot O’Sullivan.

The couple had huge firecracker balloons at midnight from Red Balloon, Ballincollig, to ring in the new year.

The couple outside the Kinsale Hotel and Spa.
The couple outside the Kinsale Hotel and Spa.

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