East meets West at Dunmore wedding

In one of the most colourful ceremonies to be seen in Kilkenny in some time, Valerie OSullivan, originally of Radestown, and Sun-San Hwang of Seoul, South Korea were married on Thursday last at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Dunmore.

In one of the most colourful ceremonies to be seen in Kilkenny in some time, Valerie OSullivan, originally of Radestown, and Sun-San Hwang of Seoul, South Korea were married on Thursday last at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Dunmore.

This was followed by a traditional Korean ceremony at Newpark Hotel involving four members of the Hwang family.

Valerie is daughter of former Newpark Hotel managing director David OSullivan and his wife Mary (nee Brett). A graduate of the University of Limerick, she is a teacher in the South Korean capital. Sun-San is a film-maker and creative director, also based in Seoul.

The Catholic wedding ceremony was witnessed by Fr. Peter Muldowney PP Mooncoin, a former curate in St. Johns Parish, who also celebrated Mass and pronounced a nuptial blessing. During his time in Kilkenny City Fr. Muldowney had been involved in organising a parish youth choir of which Valerie was a member, as were her bridesmaids Amy Kavanagh and Clare Coady.

The brides brothers David (best man), Ken (groomsman) and Cian were also in attendance, as were the grooms mother, brother, sister and niece.

The traditional Korean ceremony at the hotel involved the bride and groom (who were both dressed in ceremonial garments) honoring their parents with rituals symbolising friendship, long life and good health.

A reception and wedding banquet for over 120 people was held at the hotel. The couple will continue to live in South Korea.