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Saturday 3 December 2016

Mairead's perfect day as she ties knot with Louis

Wedding

Presenter Mairead Farrell was all smiles yesterday as she tied the knot with her long-term love Louis Ronan.

The radio producer looked every inch the blushing bride as she wed the businessman in his home county of Tipperary yesterday.

Some of the country's top radio stars travelled to St Michael's Church in Ballyclerihan, which is just outside Clonmel, to see the couple exchange their vows in a low-key ceremony.

Mairead's Today FM colleague Ian Dempsey was joined by his wife Ger at the rural church, along with fellow broadcasters Anton Savage, Louise Duffy and Paula MacSweeney.

Ray D'Arcy and his producer wife Jenny Kelly took the day off from their RTE Radio One show to see Mairead, with whom they worked for 15 years before moving to the national broadcaster.

Legend

Another radio legend in attendance was Marian Finucane, who arrived at the country venue with her new husband John Clarke.

Mairead's co-presenter on Ireland's Fittest Family, Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald, was also at the ceremony.

Dressed in a satin gown, the bride arrived at the church in a silver Rolls Royce, accompanied by her father Robert and son Dara (8).

Mairead recently revealed on her Today FM show that Dara would be Best Man for his soon-to-be stepfather Louis, who is a nephew of businessman Johnny Ronan.

It was a family affair, as Louis' sister, Zara, was a bridesmaid along with friend Imelda Donnelly, who were dressed in pink gowns.

The Wedding of Mairead Farrell to Louis Ronan at St Michael Church Ballyclerihan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
The Wedding of Mairead Farrell to Louis Ronan at St Michael Church Ballyclerihan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Marian Finucane and John Clarke pictured at Mairead Farrell and Louis Ronan's wedding in Tipperary. Picture Dylan Vaughan.
23/5/14Anton Savage pictured at Mairead Farrell and Louis Rohan's wedding in Tipperary. Picture Dylan Vaughan.
Philip O'Leary, Louis Rohan and Doug Fagan pictured at Mairead Farrell and Louis Rohan's wedding in Tipperary. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

The church was simply decorated, by wedding planner Franc, in white flowers along the altar and aisle.

After the intimate wedding Mass, the happy couple were followed by their guests in buses to their wedding reception, the location of which was kept under wraps.

Mairead said she will go by her married name at work, despite having made her mark in broadcasting with her own name.

The couple got lucky as the forecasted rain stayed away for the ceremony, though the radio star admitted she was going to be happy on her big day whether there was rain, hail or snow.

"It doesn't matter if it's a storm - I'm marrying the man of my dreams so it'll be sunny in my head," she said.

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