BULGADEN Castle has hosted many weddings over its long history but a fundraising fake wedding featuring a cross dressing bride has broken the mould.
A group of dedicated fundraisers from across Limerick organised the novel event in aid of the new paediatric high dependency unit at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital and their efforts saw them raise over €3,000 for the good cause.
“We are very pleased. We had a good response - we had sold tickets prior to the night so we weren’t sure who was going to turn out. There were lots of people who couldn’t buy tickets but still supported us on the night and we had a lot of friends, relatives and neighbours there to support us,”said Patrick Burke from Manister who played the role of the bride.
While it was of course Patrick’s big day he says he couldn’t have taken the big step into marriage without the support of his wedding party which included his husband, the groom Colin Barron, bridesmaids Jamie Hourigan and Shane McKenna, flower girl Stacy Higgins, mother-of-the bride William Beaton, mother-of-the groom Joan Kett, and local actors Shane O Brien best man, Ray Moloney, parish priest and Robin Lee, father-of-the bride.
“It was a brilliant night with special thanks to Conal Kelly and the staff at Bulgaden for donating the venue, Superquinn who donated a fitting wedding cake, Harry Corry Interiors, Old Irish Creamery company, and all those who donated spot prizes for the raffle,” added Patrick who sourced his dress from a second hand shop.
And as with all traditional weddings, there was of course a first dance.
But what song did the happy couple choose?
“We chose Dude Looks like a Lady,” laughed Patrick.