Wedding of the Week: Volunteering with the Irish Red Cross brought this couple together

Susan, from Cobh, wed Kenneth Egan, from Offaly, at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh. Here they tell us about their special day.
Wedding of the Week: Volunteering with the Irish Red Cross brought this couple together
Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan, at St Colman's Cathedral in Cobh. Pictures: Dominic Dunne

THEY already felt like they’d won the jackpot on the day by just marrying each other — but that didn’t stop Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan from picking up a Quick Pick en-route to their wedding reception.

Susan, from Cobh, wed Kenneth Egan, from Offaly, at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh.

The bride said: “I had to stop at the BMC food store in Cobh to do a Quick Pick for the EuroMillions, Denis and staff were so welcoming. I thought, since my luck was huge on the day after marrying Ken, our numbers might come up!”

Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan stopping off to buy a Lotto ticket at BMC food store in Cobh on their wedding day. Pictures: Dominic Dunne
Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan stopping off to buy a Lotto ticket at BMC food store in Cobh on their wedding day. Pictures: Dominic Dunne

They didn’t win the jackpot but did manage to win €20, which they added to their donation to the Irish Guide Dogs in lieu of favours.

The couple, who live in Frankfield, met when they were both volunteers with the Irish Red Cross. Friendship blossomed into romance.

Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan, with their wedding party.
Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan, with their wedding party.

They got engaged in December, 2017, in Cork City and headed straight to Susan’s favourite jewelers, Michel Jewelers.

Susan said: “I always said since my Holy Communion in my little white dress that I would get married one day in the Cathedral in Cobh, but never thought it would actually happen!

“It’s the most beautiful place and Fr Tom McDermott was such a gentleman.”

Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan, signing the registry.
Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan, signing the registry.

The bride’s dress was from the Moderne, bridesmaid dresses were bought online, while the men’s suits and shoes were from Morley’s.

Shirley Donovan was the make-up artist, while Mairead from Hair Design, Cobh, took care of the tresses.

Joining the couple on the day were Susan’s parents, Frances and Patrick, Ken’s parents, Anthony and Anne-Marie, as well as Ken’s sister Gillian and Susan’s older brother Stephen and two younger sisters, Shirley and Sinead, as well as nephews and nieces.

The reception was hosted in The Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork.

Susan said: “I really didn’t want to go anywhere else! Joanne and the team went beyond the call of duty for us and nothing was a problem to them. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer or better place.”

Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan, on the dance floor at their wedding in the Radisson Blu, Little Island.
Susan Tabb and Kenneth Egan, on the dance floor at their wedding in the Radisson Blu, Little Island.

Sister Sinead made the cake, while The Boogie Band provided the entertainment. The first song was a mixture of songs for a surprise.

“Everyone knows we can’t dance so it was a big shock! Julie and Haley did a great job trying to teach us the dance moves since January!! said Sinead.

“Everything came together like a jigsaw, it was so amazing and memorable.

Capturing memories of the day were photographer Dominic Dunne and Studio Plus Videographers.

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