Monday 26th August 2002
Katie makes it to wedding day start in time
By Mícheál Lehane
- SURELY it’s the bride rather than a high profile guest who should arrive late on her wedding day
- Well that’s the way it should have worked for John Magnier’s daughter Katie, 24, but Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary stole the show by arriving 40 minutes late.
- It seems running on time doesn’t come easy to Ryanair and Michael didn’t make it to the ceremony at the Augustinian Abbey in Fethard, Co Tipperary, until 6.40pm.
- Katie and her father, who owns the multi-million Coolmore stud, were driven to the church in a Rolls Royce where groom David Wachman, 28 was waiting.
- Hundreds gathered outside the abbey two hours before the ceremony performed by local priests Fr Tom Breen and Fr Gerry Horan, got underway
- Every window in the houses surrounding the church were filled with men, women and children trying to get a peek.
- The public was trying to catch a glimpse of some of the biggest names in business, racing and entertainment.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber, model Jody Kidd, Dermot Desmond, J.P. McManus, Charlie Swan, Aidan O’Brien were among the 150 guests in the 13th century church. Mr O’Brien had to hurry from the Curragh where one of his horses, Van Nistelrooy, was first past the post.
- “I drove down. This is a very special occasion and it should be a great night,” the famous horse trainer said.
- Other stars who attended the reception held in several marquees on the grounds of Coolmore Stud included Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy, Albert Reynolds, Rod Stewart, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and 007 star Pierce Brosnan.
- More than 1,000 guests attended the wedding.
- Katie wore a Ralph Lauren dress which cost in the region of €250,000. The bride flew to the US three times in the last few months for fittings. And it was worth it with Katie getting the thumbs up from the crowds who waited hours to see her.
“I think she looks lovely, she’s very beautiful,” young Catherine Trehy, 10, said.
- Not everyone was happy though. Some locals were angry they couldn’t get into the grounds of their church during the ceremony
“I’ve been a parishioner here for 67 years and this is the first time that I can’t get in the gate” Fethard native Rita Walsh said.
Tight security was in operation throughout the afternoon.