A look of love: Sean Cronin and new bride Claire Mulcahy outside Castleconnell Church Picture: Dave Gaynor
RUGBY international Sean Cronin has wed his long-time love Claire Mulcahy in the Limerick village of Castleconnell.
Sean may be one of the best hookers in the world but he has met his match in Claire, who comes from a Limerick sporting dynasty.
Dad, Ger, hurled with Limerick and mum, Vera, played for the senior camogie team.
Claire’s grandfather and granduncle are Limerick GAA legends - John and Mick Mackey. Sean will have to behave himself as Claire is a dab hand with a hurley too. She and sisters, Niamh and Judith, were part of Joe Quaid’s team to win the All-Ireland intermediate camogie final in Croke Park last September.
Sean popped the question exactly a year ago on holiday in New York. They have been together for ten years having met when they were both secondary school students.
Claire looked stunning in an ivory and lace wedding dress, while Sean sported a midnight blue coloured suit. Rugby stars in attendance included Paul O’Connell, Johnny Sexton, Rob and Dave Kearney and Jamie Heaslip.
The wedding reception with up to 300 guests is taking place in Dromoland Castle.
See next week’s Limerick Leader County and City editions for the full story and photographs from the happy occasion.