Last month, Mooney and the RTÉ Guide invited couples who were planning on getting married to enter our amazing competition to win the ultimate wedding reception for a hundred friends and family in the super luxurious K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare.
Nestled on the banks of the River Liffey, the hotel is set in 550 acres of mature woods, parkland and magnificent formal gardens, which will make your special day the envy of every couple in Ireland.
The prize included:
- Red carpet on arrival with champagne for the happy couple
- Canapés, Prosecco and light refreshments for guests
- 5-course wedding meal with wine
- Room dressed and flower arrangements provided
- Supper buffet
- Hotel suite for the wedding couple for 2 nights
- Pre-wedding spa treatment for the loving couple
- Two additional rooms for the extended family for 2 nights
Well, as you can imagine, we had hundreds of entries. And now, the day has finally dawned when we reveal which couple will have the wedding of their dreams!
Our own Brenda Donohue, along with a judging panel, went through all the entries received, with the very difficult task of trying to choose our lucky couple. There were some amazing stories of loss, hope, and true love, and we thank each and every one of you who shared your story with us.
But there can only be one winning couple, and they are…
Colin Kerrigan and Linda Davy. Colin is from Rhode Co Offaly and Linda is from Edenderry Co Offaly. They are engaged and have a 4-month old daughter, Millie. Colin is a private in the Irish army and they currently live with Linda’s parents in Edenderry as they save for their own home.
And this is their story, as sent in by Colin:
I met my beautiful fiancee Linda Davy at the end of 2008 after I got back from deployment in Chad with the Irish Army. Linda is a friend of my brothers wife and from the moment I met her I knew she was special and luckily she agreed to a date with me. Linda is a beautiful person, inside and out and has a heart of gold. I fell in love very quickly and I knew she was the one for me.
In Spring 2010 Linda told me that I was going to be a Daddy. The pregnancy was not planned and as we were both living with our parents the situation wasn't ideal but I was the happiest man on earth. Unfortunately our happiness was short lived. During our 5 month scan we found out that our baby, a little boy, had serious heart defects. We decided to name our little man 'Bobby' and we hoped and prayed every day for a miracle.The pregnancy from then on was emotionally tough for both of us but especially for Linda. To see my beautiful girl so broken hearted was almost unbearable but we never gave up hope that our Bobby would be okay.
I moved in with Linda to her parents house. They are fantastic people and welcomed me with open arms. We decorated a little room for Bobby and started to prepare for his arrival.
On the 6th of Dec 2010 I took Linda out for a romantic meal and I asked her to be my wife. With tears in her eyes, she said 'YES'
Our baby Bobby was born by C-section on Wed 15 Dec 2010 in Hollis St. He was the most beautiful little thing I had ever laid eyes on, the image of his mammy. Bobby was rushed by ambulance to Crumlin Childrens hospital and as I had promised Linda I went with him .It broke my heart to leave her behind but the next day through pure determination and love for our son, Linda traveled to Crumlin to be with us.
At this point we hoped beyond hope that Booby would make it. We knew it wouldn't be easy and he would have to face numerous heart operations to try and mend his little heart.
On Thurs 16th Dec the doctor gave us the news that would shatter our worlds forever, our little man was dying and there was nothing they could do to save him.
On Fri 17th Dec, with both sets of grandparents and all his aunts and uncles around us Bobby was christened. At 7pm that evening as he lay in his mammy's arms, the Angels came and took our Angel home.
The joy of having Bobby in our lives for just those 3 short days and the utter devastation of losing him changed our lives forever but we grew strong for each other through those terrible days and nights that followed. We decided we would try and raise some money in Bobby's name for Crumlin hospital and in April 2011 with the help of our families and friends we managed to raise just over £20,000. Our little man had touched many hearts.
Linda Davy is the love of my life, I love her with my whole being. We were meant to be together and that is why Bobby was sent to us. We will never get over the death of our son and we visit his resting place every day and light his candles on his grave every night. We are still living with Linda's parents and trying hard to save to get married and buy our own home.
In Sept 2013, we were blessed with a little gift from Heaven, Bobby's baby sister Millie who has brought the light back into our lives.
So you can only imagine what winning this prize would mean to us. We have already made a lifelong commitment to each other just by being Bobby and Millie's parents and we know we will get through whatever life throws at us but I would love to be able to give my girl the perfect day she deserves and i would give my whole world to be able to call Linda 'my wife.
I know this isn't your usual love story but it is our story and with your help and maybe a little help from our special Angel, our dreams can come true and we can become man and wife together forever.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story
Pictures of the surprise and of the winning couple will be in next week’s RTÉ Guide which will be available in the shops from next Monday, February 18th - and of course on the Mooney website from next Monday too.