We set off early for the cross-country drive from Dublin to the leafy rural surrounds of the Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Galway, the venue for Grellan and Christine’s wedding.
Christine’s family had travelled even further to be with us, having made their way across the Irish Sea from their home in the South of England.
The ceremony was conducted in the intimate confines of the Abbey itself, an 18th century Gothic building which was brought to life with laughter, smiles and a few (happy) tears during the vows. After the ceremony, we wandered through the peaceful grounds of the hotel, passing by the golf course and the famous Pullman car restaurant, a train carriage with a celebrated history. Built in 1927, its routes included the Monaco, Istanbul and St. Petersburg runs. It featured most famously in the 1974 Agatha Christie film Murder on the Orient Express, playing host to the lieks of Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Lauren Bacall and others.
Back at the hotel the wine, whiskey and Guinness flowed freely and Grellan’s brother gave one of the best best man’s speeches I’ve ever heard, leaving the guests rolling in the aisles with laughter.