TV couple furious at 'rushed' wedding
THE family of a Dublin couple who took part in RTE series Don't Tell The Bride, have slated the programme after the pair were unable to have a church wedding.
However, the State broadcaster insisted that the newlyweds should have been "better organised".
Derek Conroy and Leona Wallace from Sandyford, in south Co Dublin, had hoped to cement their 10-year-long relationship by tying the knot in their parish church or in the chapel of Leopardstown Park Hospital, where Derek works.
They were told that this would be impossible on such short notice and were forced to make do with a civil ceremony at Summerville House in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.
Derek, who is in his 30s, said "it was disappointing", and his father James called Liveline yesterday to complain about a parish priest who refused to officiate the ceremony with only three weeks' notice.
On each episode of the show, a groom is given this short amount of time to organise his wedding without any assistance from his bride.
"I was helping (Derek) as far as I could then he decided to get married in his local parish church -- his mother attends it every morning with his three children," James explained.
"The priest said it wasn't a runner. Then they asked the priest would he come and give a blessing -- that was also refused by four priests in our parish.
"Fr Enda Lloyd from Bray agreed to come without question, he agreed to come and he gave a blessing. He rang up the following morning after the wedding, congratulated them again, said he would call out to see them. Our priest never did that, never bothered since, never came near (Derek and Leona), never apologised.
"The couple) have a little boy of eight, Jordan, who is making his Communion in May and he said, 'what did you do? Why couldn't you get married in church?'''
Linda Cullen from the show's producers, Coco Television, said: "There is time for the couples to both apply to the State and the Church if they so wish to."