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Monday, March 02, 2009

Fabulous Irish wedding

Went to Ireland at the weekend and enjoyed a most fabulous wedding. The Irish are well known for their joie de vivre and love of "the craic," and this was evident in this joyous affair. The three-day wedding featured a reception at Slane Castle with Irish dancing, live music an d a sumptuous banquet, and we all stayed in the historic town of Trim, north of Dublin, overlooked by ruins of many a castle. It was a very international affair with people flying in from several countries.

I'm sure the happy couple won't mind me sharing one photo of the day. Here's Hilary in her fabulous crystal encrusted dress with Klaus and their flower girls.

Here's another of J and me in the Trim Castle ruins.

I was interested to learn about the history of Slane Castle - it is of course famous as an open air venue for big pop concerts, and the likes of U2 and Bruce Springsteen have played there.

In its present form the castle dates from 1785. It was badly damaged by fire a few years ago and has been undergoing renovations. The parklands were laid out by Capability Brown, and the gothic ballroom was designed by Thomas Hopper, architect to King George IV.

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