Our First Irish Wedding


So, if you’ve been following me on facebook, I’m sure you saw Keeley had to make a little run to the vet this past week. Her dew claw got snagged on something (we’re still not sure what), and when she attempted to pull herself away she cracked it at the base exposing nerve endings. It started looking like it was getting infected, so I took her to the vet. The vet said they’d have to cut it down to the base and slightly sedate her to do so. After what happened with winston, it was a lot more difficult than I thought it’d be to leave her at the vet (I had to leave her for a couple hours then come back and get her). She got a cute little doggy bandage on her paw, but unfortunately it was PISSING down rain that day; AND, her bandage couldn’t get wet. SO, I was carrying keeley in one arm, and my umbrella in the other hand. When a dog is half high on sedation, she doesn’t do much to help hold herself up – so let’s just say carrying her back with one arm (although it was only a block and a half) was A LOT more difficult than it sounds.

That first night she was home, it took a long time for her sedation to wear off, so she kept doing everything in slow motion… it was like watching a drunk puppy, ha ha. But, she’s now all better, and bandage is off, and antibiotics are all done!

This weekend we also went to our first Irish Wedding! One of Toby’s Coworkers got married and was nice enough to invite us! It ended up being at this GORGEOUS castle… but we’ll get there in a minute!

So, Since Toby, Paul, and Killian all work together, and were all invited, them plus me and Jenny, Keeley, and Paul’s dog Bleu all stayed in a Cabin near where the wedding was. The wedding was in a small village called Ballyorgan in County Limerick. The first night we arrived, we were invited to a “BBQ” at the castle the night before. It was actually just Indian food in the castle, but it was still AWESOME! After dinner, we all hung out in the library of the castle to chat and have some drinks. (please excuse our not so great panorama photos)

side view of Castle Oliver

front view of Castle Oliver

One of the fountains on the grounds

View of the grounds from the Castle

in library of castle

In the library of the castle

Jenny and Paul at our “BBQ”

our indian food from the BBQ

The old toilet in the castle. You can’t tell in the photo, but it says “crapper” in above the toilet

Stairs heading to the second floor of the castle

Below are the photos of the bathroom in the one of the rooms of the castle. Seriously, I could live just in this bathroom!

After our awesome evening in the castle, we went back to hang out for awhile in our cabin, and to check up on our healing pup :).

The next morning, we got up and had a full “Irish” Breakfast (maybe not “full” irish breakfast, but at least a big one!) We had white pudding, back rashers (aka – ireland’s version of bacon, which is NOT the same as US bacon), Eggs, toast, Turkey bacon, yogurt, orange juice, and coffee.

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Then, after relaxing for awhile, we got around for the wedding

Jenny and I getting around

St. Joseph’s Church in Ballyorgan

The inside of the church

The ceremony was beautiful! But, what caught me off guard was at the end they did the Lord’s Prayer completely in Irish Gaelic… I had NO idea how to pronounce ANY of the words…

Ár nAthair atá ar neamh    (Our Father, who art in Heaven )
go naofar d’ainm;                                            (hollowed be thy Name )
go dtaga do ríocht;                                         (Thy kingdom come)
go ndéantar do thoil ar an talamh            (Thy will be done on earth)
mar a dhéantar ar neamh.                            (as it is in Heaven)
Ár n-arán laethúil tabhair dúinn inniu;   (give us this day our daily bread)
agus maith dúinn ár bhfiacha                      (and forgive us our trespasses)
mar a mhaithimidne dár bhféichiúna féin; (as we forgive those who trespass against us )
agus ná lig sinn i gcathú,                                 (and lead us not into temptation)
ach saor sinn ó olc. Amen.                             (But deliver us from evil. Amen)

Afterwards, a bus took everyone back to the castle where we were greated with appetizers and champagne, and tea and coffee.

Toby and I arriving at the Reception

Tea and coffee around the wedding cake

Before they started dinner, they had all the speeches in the main entry room. Even the bride and groom gave a short speech. Then everyone moved into the dinning room for dinner.

Toby and I at dinner

The dinning room

At dinner, we had bread and butter, then appetizers (which were crab crème brule, and chicken liver pate with bread). Then we had rack of Lamb with mashed potatoes.

After dinner, they served apple cumble with strawberries. Then everyone was moved into the main entry room for wedding cake, and cheese and crackers with jelly… I have never been served SOOO much food in my life! Then we went back to where the dining room was for some dance time. Apparantly Irish weddings run until about 4am… but by 1 am us Americans were tired and went back to our cabin.

It was pretty interesting to see how they split up different parts of the wedding. At our wedding, we had the speeches while people were eating, and then our first dance (I think) was while people were finishing desert. Either way, it was loads of fun! Oh, and the other interesting thing… after the ceremony, they had EVERY single guest walk up as close to the alter as possible, and they took a photo of everyone who attended the wedding. At the reception, they also had the same “guest tree” Toby and I had at ours…

Now, the castle they were in was recently renovated a few years ago. It had fallen into ruins and been restored. If you’d like to see some more photos of the castle, and some “before and afters” of their renovations, click HERE and HERE. Also, you can watch this youtube video below that I found that shows photos of the castle and it’s before and afters.

AND, yesterday was also OUR wedding anniversary 🙂 But I’ll post more about that later. Happy Tuesday everyone!

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