Judge was ‘best man’ as wedding reception gets High Court nod

Jamie Hourigan and Stacy Higgins at their wedding reception at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort
A COUNTY Limerick couple were gifted with the best wedding present they could hope for – by a High Court judge.

A COUNTY Limerick couple were gifted with the best wedding present they could hope for – by a High Court judge.

Bride, Stacy Higgins, and her groom, Jamie Hourigan – both from Herbertstown – were sipping sparkling champagne after their big day reception was saved in the High Court.

Until the eleventh hour, uncertainty hung over the wedding venue, Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort at Limerick Junction, due to legal proceedings by Ulster Bank last week.

Stacy and her mum Bernadette became aware of the situation when they left a salon after having their nails done on Wednesday - the day before the wedding.

“Stacy received a phonecall from Emma Walsh from the hotel,” said Bernadette. “She explained what was happening and said not to worry and that everything was going to go ahead as planned. Stacy took them at their word and they held true to their word.”

While Stacy, Bernadette said, “is quite a relaxed person anyway,” Bernadette did become slightly worried heself when she started hearing the reports on the news.

“At one stage in the evening Stacy said to me ‘what would happen if it didn’t go ahead’ and I just said ‘well, we probably would have cried and then we would have rang everybody and anybody and had a big party in the back garden’,” smiled Bernadette.
Stacy and Jamie were toasting Mr Justice Michael White who gave the go-ahead for the hotel to continue in business, appointing a provisional liquidator nominated by the bank.

According to Stacy, the hotel staff handled the situation “brilliantly” and helped ease their nerves. “Emma Walsh from the hotel contacted us yesterday evening with the good news and we opened the first bottles of champagne last night,” said Stacy on her wedding day. Her husband Jamie said hotel manager, David Lawlor, helped get them through a nervous few days. “We are looking forward now to our honeymoon in Cyprus.”