Limerick hotel offers free wedding for a frontline worker

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Limerick hotel offers free wedding for a frontline worker

Rathkeale House Hotel GM Ann Madigan and assistant manager Stephen O’Flaherty

A LIMERICK hotel is offering a free wedding for a front-line worker to recognise the sacrifices they have made during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Rathkeale House Hotel, which was taken over just before the start of the first lockdown, has launched a competition to find a couple who it feels should get to spend their special day in the hotel.

Valued at €6,000 and catering for 25 people, the wedding will include a drinks reception, canapes, meal and champagne. Loved ones can be nominated – or people can enter themselves!

The brainchild of assistant manager Stephen O’Flaherty, the hotel’s general manager Ann Madigan says it will be a nice opportunity to get people engaged and “give something back”.

“Frontline workers have done an amazing job during the pandemic. You just see people getting up in the morning and just getting on with it. People we love, members of our family are putting themselves out there, putting their lives at risk. They have to – it’s what they do, it’s their chosen career. Covid-19 has just thrown itself in front of them, and they just have to get up and get on with it. It’s frightening,” Ann said.

Stephen added: “This is all about giving back to the community. These front-line workers are putting their lives on the line every day. Just imagine how bad things would be without them?”

Both Ann and Stephen have relatives working to fight the pandemic. Ann’s daughter Eimear, 25, works in intensive care, while Stephen’s brother works in the care staff at University Hospital Limerick.

For more information, and to enter the competition, please contact 069 63333.