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Saturday 3 December 2016

Seamus Coleman weds his childhood sweetheart

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Seamie and Rachel Coleman at the wedding of Ireland and Everton Footballer Seamie Coleman and Rachel Cunningham in St Mary's Church in Killybegs Co Donegal. Photo: Jason McGarrigle
Seamie and Rachel Coleman at the wedding of Ireland and Everton Footballer Seamie Coleman and Rachel Cunningham in St Mary's Church in Killybegs Co Donegal. Photo: Jason McGarrigle
James McLain and partner Erin O'Connor at the wedding of Ireland and Everton Footballer Seamie Coleman and Rachel Cunningham in St Mary's Church in Killybegs Co Donegal. Photo: Jason McGarrigle

Irish international Seamus Coleman married his childhood sweetheart over the weekend in a ceremony attended by several professional footballers.

The 26-year-old, who currently plays for Everton, tied the knot with Rachel Cunningham (26) in front of 280 guests in Killybegs, Co Donegal on Saturday.

The couple have been going out for 11 years, and they celebrated their nuptials with a reception in Harvey's Point Hotel, on the shores of Lough Eske, beneath the Bluestack Mountains.

The bride's uncle, Noel Cunningham, is a manager at the hotel. Later that evening, the party headed to the nearby Bay View Hotel, which is owned by Seamus's father, for the celebrations.

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Among the guests were Coleman's team mates from both his club and country, with midfielder James McCarthy in the official wedding party as groomsman.

Ireland stars Aidan McGeady, David Myler, and James McClean with his girlfriend Erin O'Connor also attended.

Also at the ceremony was Seamus's Everton teammate Steve Naismith and his wife, Moya.

Naismith was part of the Scotland squad that grabbed a draw against the Republic of Ireland when the two sides met in Dublin last week.

Despite the soccer stars in attendance, it was mainly a family wedding along with the couple's friends from their school days.

Seamus's first soccer team, St Catherine's, Killybegs, were there as were pals from Killybegs GAA club.

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Dozens of well-wishers were outside the church in a soft grey drizzle, which turned to Midsummer's Eve sunshine just as the bride arrived - a respectable 15 minutes late.

The couple were driven away after the 90-mintue ceremony, but not before the football star thanked his local fans, many of whom were children dressed in Everton football club shirts.

Coleman cost Everton just €80,000 when he signed with them from Sligo Rovers six years ago, but is now considered one of their most valuable players.

He has been linked with big money moves to Manchester United having caught the eye of manager Louis Van Gaal with some dazzling performances.

The couple will be able to escape transfer speculation rumours as they jet off on their honeymoon.

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