A stunning winter wedding in the Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa

A stunning winter wedding in the Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa

Áine Connell & Stephen O’Leary  

December 22, 2018 – The Church of the Immaculate Conception Cordal & Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa 

Photos courtesy of Cloud 9 Photography – Pawel Nowak 


Áine, the Front Office Supervisor in Ballygarry House Hotel from Castleisland first met Stephen, Assistant Office Manager at Munster Joinery from Cordal on a night out in a popular local pub in Castleisland called Hickeys. Sparks certainly flew and the two fell in love and on December 23, 2016 the pair got engaged. 

The romantic proposal happened at home on Christmas Eve-Eve, where Stephen gave Áine a cartoon flipbook, pretending it was an early Christmas present. The story flipbook was two people walking their dog through the park. The man throws a ball, the dog runs to get the ball and comes back with a ring box. “When the flipbook reaches the end it says, “Will You Marry Me?”. To which I obviously said yes. We are very big dog people so it was very personal.”, remembers Áine. This adorable proposal lead way to a beautiful wedding at the Ballygarry House Hotel. 


 The stunning bride donned a fabulous gown from Finesse Bridalwear while the dapper groom and his gang looked slick their Suits Select looks. The entertainment on the night was memorable for the couple, with their band making their reception all the more fun. “Truly Diverse are highly talented musicians and have a great ability to keep the dancefloor full. Kieran is a great frontman and made us feel at ease, he was great fun on the night.”, remembers Áine. 


Venue Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa 

Dress Finesse Bridal Wear Listowel 

Suits Suits Select 

Band Truly Diverse 



“The day went off without a hitch from start to finish. Being a Christmas wedding, the hotel was beautifully decorated throughout and added to our amazing day. Padraig and Thys from Ballygarry were exceptionally professional on the day and made sure that we did not have to worry about a thing. All our wedding guests commented on how beautiful the wedding meal was and how efficient the wedding staff were. We cannot recommend Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa highly enough. For a professional, and stress-free wedding from start to finish, Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa would be our number one recommendation to all future brides and grooms.” 

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