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Sunday 23 September 2018

Leo's happiest ever lineout

BIG DAY: Leinster's heroes on hand as skipper ties the knot

Leinster captain Leo Cullen lined out for the most important match of his life at the weekend, and won the greatest prize of all.

Following one of the greatest moments of his life when he led Leinster to Heineken Cup glory for a second time, Leo tied the knot on Saturday with his beautiful bride Dairine Kennedy.

While there wasn't the same drama as when Leinster managed to come back from the dead against Northampton, there was a minor hiccup when the bride's vintage car broke down.

But despite the hitch, the happy couple were married in front of family, friends and a host of Leinster stars.

A delighted Leo told the Herald after their ceremony at the picturesque St Bridget's church in Kilrush, Wexford, that their big day was one of the best of his life.

"It was sensational. It's one of the best days of my life," said the two-time Heineken Cup-winning skipper.

Dairine wore a Tara Keely gown, made of ivory tulle and lace with a sweetheart bodice, which she purchased in Petticoat Lane Bridal in Co Down.

Leo's close rugby pal Brian O'Driscoll lined out with his wife Amy Huberman, along with Gordon D'Arcy and his girlfriend Aoife Cogan, Rob Kearney, Cian Healy and Luke Fitzgerald.

And Jonny Sexton, who arrived hand in hand with his girlfriend Laura Priestly, said it was a happy day for the entire Leinster squad.

"It was lovely. Obviously Leo is very close to all of the squad so it's lovely to be here and share it with him," he said.

About 200 guests piled into Dairine's local church -- and the bride arrived fashionably late after the vintage bridal car broke down, forcing her to switch cars.



ROSES

Baby blue and white hydrangeas and pale pink peony roses adorned the church and the marquee at Dairine's home.

Amy Huberman, who wore a black and white dress from Ingenue in Westbury Mall, said Dairine never stopped smiling throughout the ceremony.

"The ceremony was absolutely gorgeous," she said."

"It's nearly coming up to a year now (since our wedding) and it brings it all back with the prayers and the ceremony."

And Rob Kearney looked relaxed and happy for his Blues captain.

"It was a great day. The bride looks great and the ceremony was lovely," he said.

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