Westlife star Shane Filan married his childhood sweetheart Gillian Walsh at a lavish ceremony at Ballintubber Abbey yesterday.

The couple were later joined by over 350 guests for a reception in Ashford Castle. Among those in attendance were the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Ronan Keating, Louis Walsh and the other members of Westlife.

The bride arrived at the ceremony in a white horse-drawn carriage, to be greeted by about 200 fans who had waited to catch a glimpse of the wedding party. Shane's older brother Finbar acted as bestman for the ceremony at the 13th Century Abbey.