Newly-weds: Former Limerick hurling star Pat Tobin and Edwina Mullane on their wedding day at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare Picture: Marie Keating
IT has to be every couple’s worst nightmare: You spend months planning your dream wedding, making sure every last detail is perfect, only to be hit with a red-weather alert for snow and ice and a strict warning from Met Eireann not to venture outside, 24-hours before your big day.
But not even Storm Emma could stop former Limerick hurler Pat Tobin, from Murroe, and his bride Killeedy camogie player Edwina Mullane, from walking down the aisle as they married in the Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare last Friday.
“It never would have crossed my mind that we would have a white wedding in March,” newly-wed Edwina laughed.
“We would have been thinking about springtime photographs but it turned out fantastically in the end.
“Even with the weather, there was never any doubt in my mind that the wedding wouldn’t be going ahead.
“But I didn’t think the weather would be as bad as it turned out,” she added.
“I thought we’d just be fine in Limerick. It wasn’t until Thursday morning that we started to get a bit worried.” With the Taoiseach issuing a plea for people to remain indoors for the duration of the storm and warning motorists to stay off the roads, on Thursday the couple decided to take precautions to ensure their day would go ahead as planned.
“With the bad news ahead of us for Friday, both families and the priests, stayed in the Woodlands the night before, just in case everything failed on Friday, and the weather was so bad that people couldn’t travel,” Pat explained.
“We went to bed Thursday night; no snow! We said, ‘Jesus, it's been a waste of time now coming out, after costing people more money than a usual wedding does. The Friday morning, we woke up to the place full of snow, so we were obviously glad that we were out and safe in Adare.
“The church singers were coming from Dublin and they rang Edwina very early, about 7:30am, to say they couldn’t make it down, that the roads were undrivable but Edwina being Edwina, she had a Plan B in place,” he chuckled.
“Eve Stafford, a local Limerick girl and wedding singer, had no bother filling in and she did an absolute brilliant job.”
“The atmosphere was absolutely brilliant. The church was full but we lost about 50 people to the bad weather,” he added. “Thanks to everyone who came,” Pat said. “The Woodlands who were fantastic looking after us and everyone over the weekend, our DJ, our band Truly Diverse who came from Killarney, our photographer, all our suppliers, everyone, even those who couldn’t make it, for letting us know in advance. “It was easier to take the photographs because the background was so nice. We’d snow on the trees, it was gorgeous. It's always a memorable occasion but the snow definitely made it.” a day to remember.”