"Irish Weddings Are Celebrations of Friendship and Family

The Irish love a good party, so you know there will be an abundance of celebrating if you choose Ireland as your wedding destination. From the Ring of Kerry to the cobblestone streets of Dublin, the Emerald Isle is a multifaceted setting for a wedding that combines romantic castles and carriage rides through Killarney National Park with a welcoming culture always in pursuit of the perfect “craic,” or good times with friends and family. And isn’t that what a wedding is all about?

A wedding in Dublin or nearby Kildare will have you walking in the footsteps of literary giants like Yeats, Beckett, and Shaw, with an eclectic mix of wedding venues to choose from: the five-star Shelbourne Hotel, the crypt under the Christ Church Cathedral, Clontarf Castle, and the grand hall of the Royal College of Surgeons, to name a few. For before or after parties, the pubs of the Temple Bar area await, as does the obligatory visit the the Guinness Storehouse: this legendary brewery has a wide range of event spaces that can accommodate events of any size.

Galway, famous for its medieval Latin Quarter, is the star of western Ireland, where coastal drives snake above rugged cliffs and the rough beauty of the Connemara mountains draws you to the countryside.

The lakeside Glenloe Abbey estate sits on 128 acres convenient to both Galway and Connemara, and ceremonies and receptions can be held in the gardens or inside the stone-hewn 18th century abbey building. If you’ve dreamed of being married in an Irish castle, there are many to choose from, starting with Galway’s Lough Cutra Castle, surrounded by 1,600 acres of private, landscaped grounds. The Solis Lough Eske Castle in Donegal, the Lough Rynn Castle in Mohill, and Crom Castle in Fermanagh (the Irish Lakes Districts) are other impeccable choices.

Written By: Bob Curley