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Wednesday 27 August 2014

GAA star Bryan calls time on his Coppers nights to marry Ailis

HE made no secret of his love for popular nightclub Coppers but Dublin football captain Bryan Cullen will tone down his partying days after tying the knot.

The GAA star, who led Dublin to their first All-Ireland title in 16 years in 2011, walked down the aisle with Irish sprinter Ailis McSweeney on New Year's Day.

The couple, who have been together for eight years, exchanged vows in Ailis' home village of Carrigtwhohill, Co Cork, yesterday in front of more than 150 guests.

The groom famously invited jubilant Dubs to one of the capital's liveliest nightspots with his "see yis in Coppers" sign-off in his All-Ireland winning speech.

However, the couple opted for the more serene surroundings than the Harcourt Street venue for their wedding reception, which was held at Fota Island resort in Cork.

The sporting couple were joined by a host of well-known names -- including GAA stars Bernard Brogan and his brother Alan, Paul Casey and goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton

Blushing bride Ailis (29), who holds the Irish 100-metre sprint record, was also joined by friends from the athletic world.

Good pal and Olympic hurdler Derval O' Rourke was in attendance, while Derval's fiance and fellow Olympian, sailor Peter O' Leary was also invited to the festivities.

Ailis wore a traditional lace-over-satin gown and carried a bouquet of red roses, while her bridesmaids were all in blue.

The couple were not the only sporting stars who enjoyed an extra special Christmas -- Irish football star Kevin Doyle had reason to celebrate after he and his wife Jenny welcomed their new son, Benett-Bernard, into the world.

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