IN the face of true love, even the most zealous of Munster fans have to cede defeat. And so it was last Saturday when Laurie McGann from Clarina married Leinster rugby manager and former Ireland scrum-half, Guy Easterby.
“I kept away from rugby, I avoided that danger area in my speech,” Laurie’s dad, Pat admitted with a chuckle when he and his wife Rosaleen were back at home in Clarina this Wednesday.
“I would be a fairly avid Munster fan,” he added but he declined to be drawn on where Laurie’s loyalties will now lie. “She’ll have to answer that herself.”
Some of Ireland’s best known rugby figures attended the wedding which took place in Yorkshire. Among them were Leinster captain Leo Cullen and Irish international and Lion, Brian O’Driscoll.
But although there was a strong contingent from Limerick and from Munster at the wedding, Pat McGann was eager to point that it wasn’t a rugby-dominated affair.
Pat and Rosaleen are well known in theatrical and drama circles through their business, Pat McGann Productions Ltd and Laurie has strong Limerick city connections through her maternal grandmother, Bernie McMonagle, nee Cusack from Farranshone.
Among the guests also was Laurie’s uncle and godfather, photographer Don McMonagle, from Killarney.
“It was like a massive garden party,” a delighted Pat told the Limerick Leader. And even the weather obliged. “We were so lucky. The day was so gorgeous and the following day was beautiful as well.”
The ceremony took place in St John’s Church, Kirkby Wharfe and the bridesmaids were Laurie’s two sisters, Jennifer and Sarah, along with her friend from Laurel Hill school-days, Emma Lyons. Laurie’s gown was created by Anouchka G and bought in Dublin.The best man was Simon Easterby, another rugby star who is now coaching rugby with Scarlets in Wales.
The reception was held under canvas at the Easterby farm. “We had a wonderful day, it couldn’t have been better,” Pat enthused.
For some guests, the wedding also provided an opportunity for glamping, or glamorous camping on the farm. “There was an element of that from some of the friends and younger folk,” Pat admitted.
Laurie, who is a producer and works in advertising, met her husband-to-be in Lillie’s Bordello in Dublin seven years ago.
Guy Easterby is English-born but his mother Catherine Doyle is from Dublin. He represented Ireland on 28 occasions and was capped 64 times for Leinster.
The couple will live in Dublin.