Getting to the church on time

Groom Jamie Marnell and four year old Jack pictured with Neil O'Connor, David Brennan and Ger Doheny as they arrived at Bennettsbridge Church for the wedding between Jamie and Laura Galway. Photo: Pat Moore.
Freezing weather conditions and a last-minute emergency work-related job did not delay groom-to-be Jamie Marnell who still managed to make it up the aisle in time.

Freezing weather conditions and a last-minute emergency work-related job did not delay groom-to-be Jamie Marnell who still managed to make it up the aisle in time.

Although the couple, who tied the knot recently, grew up in the same county it was a chance encounter on the other side of the world that sealed their fate.

Jamie Marnell (29) from Freshford and Laura Galwey from Bennettsbridge (24) (sister of the former Fine Gael councillor, Jane Galwey) met in Sydney, Australia and returned to their native Kilkenny to make their home here.

Friends and family were out in force last Tuesday to celebrate the nupitals of the couple.

However arrangements did not go to plan when civil engineering contractor Jamie got an emergency phone call at 9am to say that a mains water pipe had burst and he was requested to make emergency repairs.

Jamie and his colleagues pulled out all the stops to ensure that the job was done properly with enough time left to make sure they got to the court without leaving a bride waiting. However it was a tense morning as the frozen ground delayed the work and hardened the condiditons.

Jamie is renowned for his hard work and by the time the job was completed he had no time to go back to Freshford to get dressed.

With the help of Michael Walsh and his high-powered Mercedes he was dispatched to Freshford for the wedding suits. After a quick change on the side of the road the wedding party was ready and arrived at the church in Bennettsbridge at 1pm. The groom and his entourage arrived in 1968 David Brown tractor and low loader trailer just in enough time not to steal the limelight from the stunning bride.

After the ceremony which was celebrated by Fr Duggan and Fr Comerford 200 guests enjoyed a lavish reception at the Ormonde Hotel.

The bride and groom were ably assisted by bridesmaids – Jane Moran, Gillian Walsh, Elaine Tynan and flowergirls – Olivia Marnell, Ellie Killian and Catherine Moran. The best men were Neil O’Connor, Gerry Dohney and David Brennan and the page boys were Jack Marnell, Max O’Neill and Sam O’Neill.

The couple are currently on honeymoon in the UK.