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TOPIC • 23 January, 2020

Your Spring Wedding Guide • Your Spring Wedding Guide

This spring, Topic is paying very special

attention to the weddings of the

midlands. There is nothing that we

like more than covering the momentous

days of our local folk with family

and friends. If you’re planning on

declaring your commitment to the

world by joining in matrimony, there

are plenty of resources available

locally to aid you or your loved ones

in planning one of the most important

days in everyone’s life.

But first things first: It is always

With its splendid courtyard,

landscaped gardens

and restored feature buildings,

we proudly present

The Village Barn - a rustic

and serene backdrop for

your wedding day and an

inspired choice for all corporate

events and family


Located in the beautiful

village of Tyrrellspass in

County Westmeath, our

venue offers an abundance

of exquisite photo opportunities

in every nook and


From the exchange of

vows and capturing

moments to treasure, to

fine dining and dancing in

to the night - you will be

spoilt for choice as you

begin to create your special

day in this special


Family run venue set on

over an acre of gardens

with its own Chapel for

civil ceremonies,

Orangery for pre Dinner

champagne and nibbles

and an abundance of outdoor

furniture to allow all

guests to relax and appreciate

the outdoors, with

the Rustic Barn for the

main event and complete

full bar facilities, stove

and soft seating area to

replicate your own living

room! Our mismatch furniture

and polished concrete

create a relaxed and

good to keep in mind that a person’s

wedding day is about them and the

person that they have decided to

spend the rest of their life with. If

you are getting married, remember

to relax and enjoy the day as well as

the months of preparation necessary

for the perfect wedding day. Sometimes

it will seem daunting, but be at

ease and try not to stress too much. A

wedding day is essentially a party;

the biggest party of your life, but

still a party. And parties are supposed

to be fun. The planning of the

party can be equally enjoyable if you

manage to stay organised and on top

of things.

This week, Topic has all the information

you need regarding local

resources, hotels and venues, showcases

and open days, photographers

and videographers, salons and beauticians,

as well as all the tips and

advice necessary for your special day

to go as smoothly as possible.

The Village Barn - Exclusively yours for your

Wedding Day

informal setting for you

and your guests to relax in

and enjoy the party. All

food is carefully prepared

and cooked on site to

ensure freshness and as

the venue is exclusively

yours on the day each and

every member of our team

are there just to ensue you

have the very best day of

your life!

Peace of mind

for the bride

and groom

WEDDINGS can be stressful enough for a bride and

groom without their worst fears becoming a reality, so to

give the happy couple a bit of peace of mind, that in the

eventuality that anything does go wrong on their special

day, opt for wedding insurance.

Wedding cancellation insurance is one of those aspects

of your wedding that can feel wrong. It can almost feel like

you are making some sort of assumption that suggests you

have concerns and worries about the success of your marriage,

but it isn't.

Like most insurance policies, wedding coverage is tailored

to each insured's personal needs and wants. Policies

generally provide rescheduling, replacement or reimbursement

for things such as cancellations, stolen gifts,

lost rings and protects you against the loss caused by the

failure of many of the traditional elements of a wedding.

When buying wedding insurance, its all about getting the

right level of cover for your needs. If you are having a

tight budget wedding, perhaps only go for limited cover,

but if you are organising a lavish spread, perhaps it would

be wise to make sure you have comprehensive insurance.

The Village Barn

Exclusively yours for your Wedding Day

Located in the beautiful village of Tyrrellspass, our venue offers an abundance of exquisite photo

opportunities in every nook and cranny, our own unique food style and relaxed and friendly service.

Main Street, Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath, N91 YDW3

www.thevillagebarn.ie • 087 270 9646 • david@thevillagebarn.ie

TOPIC • 23 January, 2020

Celebrate in style at the

Greville Arms Hotel


Your Spring Wedding Guide • Your Spring Wedding Guide


Situated in Mullingar

Town Centre, the Greville

Arms Hotel has hosted

thousands of wedding

receptions since its establishment

in 1884. With its

magnificent ballroom featuring

crystal chandeliers

creating the perfect ambience,

and a rooftop garden,

the hotel has much to offer

couples-to-be. The hotel’s

on-site wedding coordinator

will look after all

things great and small on

your wedding day, from

colour schemes to dinner

menus, and is available to

meet with you at any time

to discuss every aspect of

your wedding making your

dreams a reality.

The Greville Arms Hotel

is justifiably proud of

their long standing reputation

for first class food and

personal service.

Wedding packages at the

hotel include a red carpet

welcome by the hotel wedding

co-ordinator, as well

as champagne for the

bridal party, on arrival.

There is only one wedding

per day at the Greville

Arms, and the hotel has an

extensive car park for all

guests. The hotel also provides

a complimentary bar

extension until 1.30am and

overnight accommodation

in the bridal suite, and special

overnight accommodation

rates for guests at

your wedding.

For more information on

creating the perfect occasion

on the perfect day,

contact the team at the

Greville Arms Hotel on 044

9348563, visit GrevilleArmsHotel.ie,

or pop into

the premises on Pearse St,



The ever growing list of

things to do may seem

daunting, but rest assured

that you and your partner

already have the most

important part of the wedding

covered by finding

each other.


First of all, set a budget.

Set it, and don’t move.

Don’t allow anyone to push

you around on it, it’s

between the two of you,

and barring help from family,

it will be you two that

have to pay it off, so set it

and stick to it. Make it realistic,

and ensure that you

are both precisely aware of

how much you have to

spend on each aspect so

there are no surprises later



Next, set the date. You’re

not going to randomly

come up with a date on the

first try, so broaden the

process a little. Set the season.

Do you want a summer,

spring, winter, or

autumn wedding? After

that it’s a doddle.


Collect ideas with your

partner. It’s all well and

good to have ideas from

when you were a child

which you want to come to

fruition. However, it’s quite

easy to get caught up with

the current and maybe dismiss

your significant

other’s wishes. It might be

nice to decide on ideas

together so you’re both



Along with the venue,

photographers and videographers

are booked well in

advance so look into it

early. View work that photographers

have already

done; most will have a portfolio

for you to peruse.


Wedding vehicles can be

either quaint or completely

ostentatious - it all depends

on your taste, and how you

want your arrival at the

church to be remembered.

Whether you envisage a

simple, country wedding

with a modest Rolls Royce,

or a lavish, celebrity-style

arrival in a stretch limo,

there is a wide variety of

different vehicle hire services

available to cater to

different tastes.


For the bride, the dress is

perhaps one of the most

important parts in the

planning of the wedding,

as it is going to take centre

stage on the big day. The

perfect dress should make

the bride feel and look


It’s often forgotten that a

lot of preparation goes into

making the groom look

dashing also, so consult

your partner on colour



Flowers are a key

detail in the planning

of the wedding from

the bride’s bouquet to

the flowers which will

be arranged around the

venue. The bridesmaids’

outfits will set the trend

for the colours of the flowers,

so keep this in mind

when choosing the colour



The entertainment you

chose will depend on personal

taste and indeed the

overall tone of the wedding,

which could range

from the classical stringed

quartet to a DJ. Make sure

you go to see them play

before your big day, as you

want your guests to have a

good time and not spend

the evening cringing at a

nightmare wedding singer.



*APR 8.2%




• Chauffeur driven vintage car to collect you

and to be available for your wedding day

• Bridal suite for the bride and groom and

rooms for both sets of parents and extra

honeymoon suite for the bride & groom the

following night

• Champagne reception and canapes for the

bridal group on arrival

• Floral arrangements throughout

• The unique Greville Arms wedding planner

file to help in the planning of your wedding

from engagement to honeymoon to celebrate

the booking of your wedding

• This is for weddings booked before

February 29th, 2020 for the year 2020.

(minimum 100 people) booked in advance

Superb banqueting facilities

Greville Arms Hotel, Pearse Street, Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland

Ph: +353 (0) 44 9348563 • E: info@grevillearmshotel.ie • www.grevillearmshotel.ie


TOPIC • 23 January, 2020

Your Spring Wedding Guide • Your Spring Wedding Guide

Wedding Masterclass at

the Athlone Springs Hotel

On Sunday the 16th of

February the Athlone

Springs Hotel opens its

doors and welcomes all

newly engaged couples to

our newly refurbished

Clonellan Suite for a day

like no other. Athlone

Springs Hotel will have a

panel discussion on the day

led by MC on the day from

the one and only Sara

Kennedy from the Irish

Wedding Blog. Sara will be

interviewing Athlone

Springs Hotel’s handpicked

suppliers and they will be

giving out all of their top

tips and tricks for brides

and grooms to be. The

panel will contain the top

people from décor, budget,

travel, photography, beauty

and much more, whilst also

giving you the opportunity

to ask questions about your

big day.

The stunning ballroom

will be transformed to

show bride and grooms

how the room will be set on

their big day, with its new

added lighting, sound and

décor. With each wedding

the Athlone Springs Hotel

promises a dedicated wedding

coordinator, a one

wedding hotel and a team

that will go above and

beyond for you and your

guests on your special day.

The hotel also has its own

private garden where you

can escape for your photos

and the newly refurbished

Manhattan bridal suite is

the height of luxury. They

know that planning your

big day is not easy when

you are trying to budget

and still have the wedding

of your dreams. We

launched our new wedding

packages this year with

three bespoke and unique

packages to cater for your

every need. We will have

our own hand selected suppliers

at our event to give

advice and tips for your big

day and help you put

together the perfect packages

for you.

We look forward to meeting

you and yours on Sunday

the 16th of February

from 1pm - 4pm. Contact

our wedding coordinator

Sally today to book your

appointment on 090 644

4444 or email events@


Award Winning

Shamrock Lodge

Hotel Weddings

The team at The Shamrock

Lodge Hotel wish to

extend a hearty congratulations

to all those recently

engaged. We hope you

enjoy the celebrations to


When it comes to planning

your big day, our team

have over 20 years’ experience

in welcoming couples

to share their special day

with us and we want to

talk to you about yours! We

know weddings, we can

help with everything and

anything that you need

advice on, all we need is to

meet you! The team want

to hear your story, what

you want on your special

day, how you wish to convey

your personalities and

how we can make your

dream day a reality.

With just one wedding

per day, the hotel is exclusive

to you and your guests.

Avail of our beautifully

decorated Civil Ceremony

suite, our newly renovated

private drinks reception

suite, stunning private

grounds and gardens for

those all-important photos

and our stunning John

Broderick Suite for your

evening reception.

We welcome you to visit

our hotel, talk to the team

and see for yourself what

we can offer you to make

your day special and

unique to you. Join the

generations of families

who have spent their special

day with us and ‘Let

Our Family Look After

Yours’ on your wedding

day. Come and see why a

past couple, Lynn and

David, said the following;

“..All I can say is there is

a sprinkle of magic poured

over the Shamrock Lodge

when they host a wedding

that can never be captured

on any website or review”.

Contact our experienced

Management Team on 090

649 2601 or email us on


e and ‘Let Our Family Look

After Yours’ at The Shamrock

Lodge Hotel.

TOPIC • 23 January, 2020

Mullingar Wedding Car Hire


Your Spring Wedding Guide • Your Spring Wedding Guide

The legalities of marriage

In the excitement of preparing for your wedding, it can

be easy to forget about the legalities and practicalities surrounding

marriage. There are three general types of wedding

that take place in Ireland: Catholic, civil, and other

religions. Whatever style of wedding you choose, don’t forget

these important steps along the way to your big day.


Whether you are getting married in Ireland, or are an

Irish citizen hoping to marry abroad, couples must give a

minimum of three months notice to the registry office in

order to get married. An appointment must be made to

give said notice, so ensure that your appointment is made

in plenty of time.


Catholic marriages require couples to partake in a marriage

preparation course and the certificate from this

must be given to the priest prior to the marriage ceremony.


This applies to Catholic weddings and must be filled in

the presence of the priest in the parish that you live in.

When filling in this form, the couple must bring baptismal

certificates, confirmation certificate, and premarriage

certificate form.


Once you have registered you will be issued with a marriage

registration form which grants you the authorisation

to be married. This must be presented to whoever is

solemnising the marriage, be it religious or otherwise.


Following the celebrations, the registration forms must

be returned to the registrar within one month for marriage

to be registered and recognised.


Now that you are married, your status changes in regard

to lots of things i.e. life insurance, pension, inheritance,

taxation etc. etc. the list goes on and on. Visit CitizensInformation.ie

where you will find a list of tabs relating to

all your needs.

Arrive in style with

Mullingar Wedding Car Hire

What better way to turn up to your special day than in a

lavish and luxurious chauffeur driven car?

On your wedding day, you can arrive in style without

breaking the bank. O’Brien’s of Mullingar can offer a stunning

silver chauffeur driven 1949 Bentley MKVI to transport

newlyweds to the church or venue where the

ceremony will take place, then on to the reception, and

finally to be whisked away to start your new happy lives


For more information on a spectacular wedding experience

of arriving to your venue in the style and opulence of

a chauffeur driven car contact 044-9340825 or email





It’s said a picture can say a thousand words, therefore

on your wedding day it will be essential to have one of

the most important days in your life recorded. When it

comes to adding some Hollywood motion to your wedding

day, look no further than Ollie Gallagher, who has

a wealth of experience in capturing weddings on video.

Based in Mullingar and serving the midlands, Ollie will

capture the magic of your wedding day, so you can

replay the day for family and friends for years to come.

Along with weddings, he is also available to record parties,

sporting events and musicals. To book Ollie for

your big day call 087 2054688.

Renowned for their

award winning weddings,

the four star

Annebrook House Hotel

presents a spectacular

fusion of 17th century

heritage with ultimate

modern styling. Let

them be your “something

old, something

new.” Whether it's a

grand affair or an intimate

reception, the

style of your wedding is

entirely up to you.

As a family owned

hotel, the Annebrook

House Hotel prides

itself in offering a very

personalised service

from the initial booking

stage all the way

through to your dream

day. Sumptuous food

combined with top-class

service are the main

ingredients of any good

wedding and the

Annebrook House Hotel

delivers both these elements

seamlessly. Their

friendly and approachable

service will ensure

your wedding day is


A memorable day

at the Annebrook

House Hotel

everything you want it

to be and more.

The wedding team at

the Annebrook constantly

strive to keep up

to date with current

trends to ensure every

couples day is as memorable

and as individual

as you are.

For further details,

visit Annebrook.ie,

email events@

annebrook.ie, call 044-

9353300, or pop into the

hotel on Austin Friar

Street, Mullingar.



We pride ourselves on providing a professional

and luxurious service, aimed at making your day

as memorable as possible.

044 9340825

Email: mullingarweddingcarhire@gmail.com


TOPIC • 23 January, 2020

Your Spring Wedding Guide • Your Spring Wedding Guide

Introducing your perfect

destination wedding venue

- Glasson Lakehouse!

Located just outside the

pretty town of Glasson,

Glasson Lakehouse is a

stunning countryside

hotel and wedding venue

which overlooks the

majestic Lough Ree.

The perfectly located

hotel is one of the midlands

most prized wedding

venues, known for its

top quality food, unrivalled

views, and warm


As you enter through the

gates and drive down the

sweeping avenue, with its

ancient beech trees, you

are welcomed by

panoramic views of the

parkland golf course and

the tranquil inner lakes of

Lough Ree.

Glasson Lakehouse has

undergone some exciting

changes of late, with

a brand new look for the

ballroom, lobby areas and

entrance. There will be

lots more happening in

2020 with even more features

being added to the

offering of the hotel.

These include a Sheebeen

bar, all new bridal suite

with a beauty station and

360 mirrors, and a dedicated

BBQ area, perfect

for day two celebrations.

Wedding guests can

enjoy all that the hotel has

to offer over your wedding

celebrations, be it a round

of golf on the award winning

course the day

before, or a guided boat

trip of Lough Ree followed

by a BBQ and lawn games

the day after, we work

with every couple to

develop a personalised

wedding experience for

you and your guests.

Available dates for 2020

and 2021 are booking fast

with pricing starting

from €65 per person.

Call Gareth on 090 64

85120 or email weddings@glassonlakehouse.

ie for a personalised wedding

consultation. We

look forward to welcoming

you to Glasson Lakehouse!

Delight at the splendour

at Lough Rynn Castle

From the moment you

first arrive at Lough Rynn

Castle you will realise it

is no ordinary venue;

from the drive up the tree

lined avenue, the magnificent

castle comes into

view. You and your guests

will be welcomed at the

doors of Lough Rynn on a

red carpet by the warm

and friendly management

team. Perfect in every season,

allow the team at

Lough Rynn to escort

your guests to the front

lawns for an arrival

drinks reception, or

indeed be greeted into the

castle by a very welcoming

open log fire. The

Baronial Hall is the

arrival reception room,

and very worthy of its

name, featuring bay windows

with uninterrupted

views of Lough Rynn and

the rolling lawns, its

Inglenook fireplace is one

of the largest in the country.

Lough Rynn Castle is

delighted to offer couples

the option to celebrate

their special day with a

wedding blessing or civil

ceremony. Dependant on

guests numbers, Lough

Rynn Castle can host ceremonies

in a number of

locations. Perfect for a

grand affair, the ballroom

at Lough Rynn Castle provides

an exquisite décor

that sets the tone of opulence

underneath magnificent

chandeliers. The

grand ballroom offers a

picturesque floor to ceiling

glass backdrop for the

top table, overlooking the

woodlands and a view of

the lake in the distance. It

is a stunning location for

your wedding celebration.

The romantic setting and

breathtaking views are

matched by creative

menus and impeccable

service. The wedding

meal is imperative to a

wedding reception, the

Lough Rynn team are passionate

about food, with a

clear focus that ensures

the highest standard of

quality and presentation,

using the best local suppliers

in the region.

To view the spectacular

castle contact their wedding

team at 071 9632700,

or visit LoughRynn.ie.

TOPIC • 23 January, 2020

Dress in the

best for




Dermot Hall


Few days matter more

in your life than your

wedding and the team

at Dermot Hall

Menswear provide

everything you will

need for the big day.

Suit purchase or hire,

accessories, footwear,

it is all in store and

suits are also made to

measure and come in

all sizes!

For over forty years Dermot

Hall Menswear have

provided top quality clothing

for the casual night out,

the snappy office look, the

formal occasion, those

unforgettable school days,

the big match, whatever the

day or date, they have been

the first port of call for men

and boys in Edenderry and

across the midlands for

four decades.

Whether it’s the great

quality, the great value or

the great range and choice,

there are many, many reasons

for a visit to the

O’Connell Square outlet.

Great service is part of

what customers enjoy most

about a visit to the store.

Knowledgeable, friendly

and approachable, all staff

give their customers the

benefit of their experience,

their attention and some

great tips and advice for the

small or big purchase!

Forty years going and

forty years growing, Dermot

Hall Menswear will

have a warm welcome for

you when you drop in to the

O’Connell Square store!

For more information,

call Dermot Hall Menswear

on 046-9731475.




046 973 1475



*Offer expires 29th February, 2020

Over 40 years experience in

Wedding Suit Sales & Hire


Your Spring Wedding Guide • Your Spring Wedding Guide

The perfect wedding at

the Hamlet Court Hotel

The Hamlet Court Hotel

is a family owned hotel,

and prides itself in offering

a unique destination and

perfect wedding venue.

They are committed to

making your wedding day

one of the best days of your

life, offering a first class

food offering and impeccable

service. The team can

assist you in every step of

the way to perfect your special

day with professional

advice and recommendations.

Proprietor, John

O’Neill takes pride in

attending every wedding

and personally welcoming

the bridal party to the

hotel. Guests regularly

comment on the friendly

atmosphere and warmth

they feel when they visit

the hotel.



The Hamlet Court Hotel

offers a wide variety of

options for all weddings

from small intimate weddings

to large weddings of

up to 280 people. For a complete

wedding experience,

the Hamlet Court is fully

licensed for civil ceremonies.

On site there are 30

bedrooms that are a blend

of casual country style and

Wedding Showcase on

Sunday 26th January

2pm – 5pm


modern luxury. This

charming county hotel has

a well-earned and deserved

reputation as a leading

wedding venue.

The Hamlet Court Hotel

is in the small village of

Johnstownbridge, Enfiled,

Co Meath. It is two minutes

off the N4 and only 30 minutes

from Dublin.

The Hamlet Court Hotel

are hosting a Wedding

Showcase on Sunday, 26

January 2pm to 5pm.

Book your personal wedding

consultation with

Fiona today by emailing

fiona@thehamlet.ie or call

046 954 1200.

The Hamlet Court Hotel was established in 1961 with over 55 years’ experience

in the Wedding and Hospitality industry the Hamlet Court and O’Neill

Family are renowned for a warm welcome and personal service. With a strong

tradition we are committed to the personal touch that only a family operated hotel

can deliver. Nestled in the picturesque village of Johnstownbridge just

outside Enfield, the Hamlet Court Hotel is a simple unique venue, perfect any

time of the year for your wedding celebrations for up to 300 guests. We are just

40 min from Dublin on the M4 juntion 9. Join us at the Hamlet Court Hotel and

we will help make your wedding Simply Fabulous.



TOPIC • 23 January, 2020

Bridesmaid’s dresses at Pamela Scott

Choosing the perfect

bridesmaids dresses can be

a difficult choice but at

Pamela Scott in Mullingar

it is effortless.

They offer a wide range of

dresses in beautiful

colours, shapes and styles,

there is truly something

there for any special occasion.

The styles are exclusive

to Pamela Scott and prices

start from €109.99 and sizes

between 6 to 18.

Your Spring Wedding Guide • Your Spring Wedding Guide

The team in Mullingar

are happy to help finding

the perfect dresses for your


You can contact them on

044-9342935 or pop into

Pamela Scott in Mullingar

located on 16 Pearse Street.

You can also shop on

www.pamelascott.com or

visit one of the 28 locations

in Ireland.

Show this in store and

avail of a 10% discount on

the bridesmaid’s range.

Find the perfect dresses

for your bridesmaids at

Mention this ad in store and avail of a 10% discount on the bridesmaids range

Available in store and online

044-9342935 • 16 Pearse Street Mullingar • www.pamelascott.com

TOPIC • 23 January, 2020



Wedding bells for Anne Marie Connolly and

Leroy Casserly

The wedding took place recently of Anne Marie Connolly from Galway

and Leroy Casserly, Multyfarnham, at The Barn, Tyrrellspass. Friends

and family joined the happy couple and their daughter Katie for the very

special occasion and wished them well for many happy years together.

Valentina Moran, Paul Moran, Martin and Annemarie Connell pictured at the wedding in ‘The Barn’,


Some of the guests at the wedding of Anne Marie Connolly and Leroy Caserly. In front Rose Tighe,

Kayleigh Reilly, Iggy Tighe, and (behind) Anne and Kevin Boyhan, Mary Reilly, Isabelle Tighe, and John


The wedding ceremony and reception took place of Anne Marie Connolly

and Leroy Casserly, Multyfarnham at the ‘Barn’ Tyrrellspass.

The newlyweds, Anne Marie and Leroy were pictured with the groom’s

family - Niall Whaley, Damien Whaley, Marie Tighe, the happy couple, Tony

Tighe, Shane Casserly and also their daughter Katie.

At the wedding of Anne Marie Connolly and

Leroy Casserly were the mother of the groom,

Marie Tighe and the mother of the bride Mary

Connolly with Anne Marie and Leroy’s daughter

Katie in the middle.

The wedding took place of Anne Marie Connolly,

Galway and Leroy Casserly, Multyfarnham at the

Barn Tyrellspass, they were pictured with their

daughter Katie.

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