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Not wedd-y Jess Redden still doesn't feel ready to marry Rob Kearney without her beloved dad

For me, all I wanted was for him to walk me down the aisle so now that he can’t do that, selfishly I don’t want to do that yet either. I don’t know when I will be ready to"

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Jess Redden and rugby ace Rob Kearney who have emigrated

Jess Redden and rugby ace Rob Kearney who have emigrated

Jess Redden and rugby ace Rob Kearney who have emigrated

Jess Redden has opened up about the emotional decision to postpone her wedding to Rob Kearney after the death of her “incredible” father Brian. 

The pharmacy student’s beloved father lost his battle with prostate cancer and died in St. Vincent’s University Hospital last September.

Jess is currently living in Perth, Australia with her fiancé Rob Kearney, who ended his 15-year career with Leinster Rugby to sign with Australian rugby union side Western Force.

Speaking to Brian Dowling on his Death Becomes Him podcast, she revealed that she wanted her dad to play a part in her wedding day and confessed that she doesn’t feel emotionally ready to have the ceremony without him yet.

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Rob Kearney and Jess Redden became engaged in January. Picture: Instagram

Rob Kearney and Jess Redden became engaged in January. Picture: Instagram

Rob Kearney and Jess Redden became engaged in January. Picture: Instagram

She said: “We were due to get married June coming, so June 2021. Then we were going to push it forward to November when we got the news about Dad in the same venue. Then obviously Dad passed away, so we cancelled those dates.

“The biggest thing for me with the wedding was Dad so everything was centered around Dad... Even with my dress, he picked my wedding dress. I tried one on and he was like ‘That’s the one,’ and I said ‘Yeah, that’s the one.’

“For me, all I wanted was for him to walk me down the aisle so now that he can’t do that, selfishly I don’t want to do that yet either. I don’t know when I will be ready to,” she continued.

Jess revealed that she will be returning home in May to complete her pharmacy degree but said that she “wouldn’t be happy” setting a wedding date so soon after her return to Ireland.

“Where I am now, I wouldn’t be happy myself to get married in the next couple of months. I’ll see how I’m feeling once I get back to Ireland and once we’re finished our stint here.

“Of course, I can’t wait to have my wedding day but when I’m feeling a bit more like I can do that. Right now, I definitely couldn’t,” she continued.

While her father Brian can’t be there to walk her down the aisle on her future wedding day, Jess shared that she is grateful to have a fond memory of her dad giving fiancé Rob permission to marry her.

She recalled the special moment: “One of my favourite pictures of all time was just after Rob and I got engaged, Rob showed me a photo of him asking dad for my hand in marriage. It was so special.

“That made me more emotional than anything else, but it was so lovely to see that and the smile on my dad’s face. Every photo of my dad he’s smiling in.”

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