Thursday, September 19, 2013
Ruth's house was buzzing when I arrived in Westport on the morning of the wedding, hair and make up in full swing, with Katie making sure everything was being done properly. The morning was bright and sunny, making the most of the view over Clew Bay from the house. Back at Ballintubber, Fintan was calm and collected, though there may have been a few nerves beneath that cool exterior. We dodged the heavy showers that swept in off the Atlantic down at the harbour before taking a quick pitstop at Matt Molloy's, which is the kind of place you can pop into for 15 minutes and emerge from several hours later if you're not careful. But everybody behaved themselves and we arrived to a warm welcome in Knockranny House Hotel in plenty of time for dinner. Leon Costello was alongside me on video and as always, it was a pleasure.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Jamestown is my home village, and after 40 years of birthdays, celebrations, christenings and funerals, I finally got to photograph a wedding there. Eithna & Paul are both locals, so I knew many of the guests on the day. Sadly, Eithna's Dad, John Joe had recently passed away unexpectedly, though he was definitely there in spirit. After the ceremony and a quick pint in the Arch Bar, we headed for Carrick and The Bush Hotel, where a very familiar face had turned up to offer his best wishes to the Happy Couple.