Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue: Derek reflects on the marriage of the year when the winners of our K Club-RTÉ Guide wedding competition, Colin Kerrigan and Linda Davy, tied the knot on Friday - with Brenda Donohue following the happy couple every step of the way!
So have tissues at the ready and tune in to hear all about an emotional rollercoaster of a day. And let us know about YOUR memorable wedding moments by e-mailing email@example.com - where it's weddings all the way today!
Every year in Ireland, thousands of couples take the plunge and make one of the most important decisions of their lives when they vow to love and honour each other forever on the occasion of their marriage or civil union.
On Mooney, we ran a fabulous K Club wedding competition, with the RTÉ Guide. The prize was a spectacular reception for 100 family and friends worth €15,000 at the prestigious K Club, located in the pretty village of Straffan, Co. Kildare.
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 two nights
Well, as you can imagine, we had hundreds of entries, and you shared some really wonderful and heartwarming stories. But there could only be one winning couple, and they were Colin Kerrigan and Linda Davy. Colin is from Rhode Co Offaly and Linda is from Edenderry in Co Offaly. They are engaged and have a baby 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.
The moment that Colin and Brenda surprised Linda with the news!
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 Bobby 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.
Well after an exciting few months of planning, Colin and Linda's big day finally arrived, as last Friday, in St Mary’s Church in Edenderry, our winning couple became husband and wife. Brenda Donohue accompanied Linda during her final preparations, and to the wedding, whilst producer Fergus Sweeney trailed groom Colin on the big day...
Then, following the church ceremony, it was off to the K Club in Straffan for the couple's prize: the wedding reception and party and the K Club...
Photos courtesy of Ruth Foran photography (www.ruthforan.com)
And we wish Colin and Linda lots of happiness in their lives together and thank them for letting us get so close to them at such a personal and special time for in their lives.
Also thanks to the RTÉ Guide and the K Club for the terrific prize.
We played Village People's 1978 hit Y.M.C.A. this afternoon for listeners Jarlath Phelan and Natalie Mason who are getting married on Saturday in London. And many of you listening got in touch with you to say how much fun you had singing along and doing all the movements! Amongst those getting into the spirit of things were Brenda Donohue and the Mooney studio production team!
Derek's new bell was very kindly sent to him by Mooney listener Kay Lovett. It's a replica of the Manneken Pis, a famous Brussels landmark. Thanks Kay!
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