SHE hadn’t seen him for 17 years, but when RTE TV presenter Geri Maye met Castleconnell man Peter Collins in a city bar last Christmas, they soon made up for lost time – and last week the happy couple tied the knot in the picturesque village of Adare.
After getting engaged shortly before Christmas on Doonbeg beach in Clare, the Ennis Road girl and her groom married in the Holy Trinity Abbey church three days before the new year arrived.
The Winning Streak host wore a beautiful white dress she purchased in Adare, adorned with a simple bouquet of roses, a fur stole and matching hat to protect her from the elements in the chilly December weather.
“I literally went into the shop, picked up the dress and left,” she told the Limerick Leader prior to the big day.
“I’d be fairly laid back about those things. To me the wedding is more about the marriage.”
She was previously engaged twice but love came firmly knocking last Christmas, when she met Peter in Bourke’s bar on Catherine Street in the city.
Mr Collins, 40, runs a car wash and valeting business on the Ballysimon Road. She recalled she had just driven for over six and a half hours down from Dublin in a blizzard of snow, when she was lured out by friends to join them for “just one drink, as you do”.
The couple knew each other 20 years ago, but had long lost touch.
The former Den star and presenter with Lyric FM, who has been with RTE for 14 years, kept the ceremony largely under wraps from the prying media as she wanted the wedding to be private for close friends and family - “literally people who just mean the world to us.”
The happy couple enjoyed the reception afterwards in the luxurious Adare Manor.
The Maye family, originally from Mayo, operated Maye’s shop on Parnell Street in the city for many years, while her brother Donal works in Nancy Blake’s bar.
Ms Maye was previously engaged to radio host Ray D’Arcy who is now due to wed his co-presenter Jenny Kelly.
Meanwhile, current presenter of The Den, Emma O’Driscoll from Upper Carey’s Road, is set to wed another Limerickman in the summer. She and Liam Cronin, a teacher with Ard Scoil Ris who hails from Cappamore, plan to marry in early June, after he popped the question in Times Square in New York last year. Ms O’Driscoll said they plan to stay in Ireland for the wedding, as they don’t want anyone have to travel too far.