Dub star Bernard Brogan to wed in luxury hotel
TAKE a look at where Ireland’s most famous GAA star will be enjoying his wedding nuptials and where his All-Ireland champion team-mates will ring out the last few hours of their historic 2016 season.
The Sunday World can exclusively reveal that Dublin hero Bernard Brogan and his gorgeous fiancée Keira Doyle will be hosting their wedding bash at the sumptuous Mount Juliet Hotel, near Thomastown in Co. Kilkenny, on Friday, December 30.
We can reveal that Bernard and Keira will enjoy their first night as a married couple in the luxury Presidential suite in the Georgian manor home.
More than 250 guests will be wined and dined in a marquee in the grounds of the stately home into the early hours of New Year’s Eve, before later making their way to the four corners of the country to ring in 2017.
Bernard (32), is arguably the most famous GAA star in the country.
He fronts numerous commercials on TV for a variety of products, most notably SuperValu.
The 32-year-old has won four All-Ireland titles, 10 Leinster championships, four All Stars awards and four league trophies.
Several of Bernard’s All-Ireland winning team mates and their WAGS are expected to enjoy the celebrations at the resort.
Among those expected are Fingallians stalwart Paul Flynn and his girlfriend Fiona Hudson, who is on the Dublin ladies team. Also due are Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton and his wife Joanne O’Connor.
Cian O’Sullivan is a certainty to be on the invite list and is expected to bring along his stunning girlfriend, PR account manager Danielle Byrne.
All his Dublin team-mates and manager Jim Gavin and his wife are tipped to be invited as well, as are backroom staff such as Jason Sherlock and his wife Louise and Bernard Dunne and his missus Pamela.
The hotel’s restaurant can normally hold just 95 guests, which means the main bash is being held in a marquee on the grounds.
Taking pride of place at the top table will be Bernard’s parents, legendary Bernard senior – who won three All-Irelands for Dublin– and Marie. Ironically, Bernard junior’s grandparents on his father’s side come from Mayo, who Dublin beat in the All-Ireland final this year, while his grandparents on his mother’s side hail from arch rivals Kerry.
Bernard’s former Dublin team-mate Ross McConnell, who has one All-Ireland title under his belt, will be his best man.
His proud older brother Alan, who himself has won three All-Irelands, is set to be a groomsman.
Bernard and Alan’s youngest brother, Paul – who won an All-Ireland medal as part of the squad on the 2011 panel – is also tipped to be a groomsman.
Keira and Bernard were taking a sunshine break in Turkey in January when the sportsman popped the question to the brunette. She is a graduate of the Smurfit School of Business and is Communications Manager for pharmaceutical company GSK.
Describing his other-half as a “sports-mad girl”, Bernard said the couple have “great craic” together.
It was to the Sunday World in April that Bernard first revealed he would be tying the knot in December.
“For sports people, November and December is the only time of year we can get married because it’s the only time you’re guaranteed a month off from training,” he said
Bernard also has a Kilkenny connection and it’s believed his family recently bought a pub in the city.
His family has amassed a string of hotels and hostelries across the country. The family and associated shareholders already own the Pilo in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Celbridge Manor and Setanta House in Co. Kildare. They are also the owners of Brogan’s bar on Dublin’s Dame street.
However, Bernard opted out of holding his nuptials in one of his empire’s properties.
“No, [the wedding’s not in one of our own hotels] and I’m still hearing about it from my Ma and Da,” he admitted.
“We’re just going to go down the country and do something kind of small and nice ourselves.”