The wedding party started for us on Thursday when we moved down to Kinsale. We had an enjoyable lunch in The Bulman pub (Click HERE) circulation space a bit tight, grub great, parking scarce and accessible toilet fine. Mairéad, Elaine, Henry, Jean and I moved into one of the beautiful holiday lodges attached to the Carlton Hotel. Click HERE for their website. The lodge contained 3 bedrooms, 2 upstairs and the wheelchair friendly bedroom and toilet along with a dining room, lounge and kitchenette area on the ground floor. There were no grab rails in the toilet or shower area so extra care had to be taken but otherwise the lodge was great. There is a short path to the hotel which was not wheelchair friendly and so we travelled down to the hotel bar by road. No problem going down but getting back was a different story altogether. Thanks Jean, Kate and Mairéad for their Trojan efforts on the way back. There were a couple of scary hours when the flight from London was delayed and delayed and delayed again. Food and drink in the bar helped to reduce the worry but a pall of gloom descended over our party at about 10:00 as the flight was still on the ground in Gatwick Airport. This could have been very serious as the bulk of the English guests were on that flight including Rupert, Blossom and Brendon. It worked out OK in the end with the mini-bus eventually reaching the hotel at 01:45 on Friday morning.
Friday morning arrived and Jean and the ladies headed off to Cork for hair and makeup while Henry and I headed for breakfast in The Blue Haven, Kinsale. Click HERE for their website. The breakfast was great and the cafe accessible. The wheelchair accessible toilet was exactly that, wheelchair accessible and spacious. Back to the hotel for showers and clothing change. The crew returned from Cork with the hair and makeup in perfect order. Time for the ladies to get dressed in all their finery.
They were all fabulous. We went over to Charles Fort for some pre-wedding photos. Thanks OPW for permission. Charles Fort is the subject of an earlier blog. The hotel was also mentioned in an earlier blog and comes out on top for accessibility.
Time for the main event! Mairéad walked me up the aisle to my seat and the ceremony commenced.
It was beautiful and now my youngest daughter is Mrs. Rowan Beharie but she will always be Mairéad Groeger to me. A Pimms reception followed the completion of the ceremony while we waited for the meal. Lots of photographs were taken and I have included a selection.
The meal was absolutely faultless. The music provided by The Papa Zitas (click HERE) brought wedding entertainment to a new level for me. It really was a terrific day and congratulations to all concerned especially Clare for all her behind the scenes work. Our bedroom was wheelchair accessible with the appropriate grab rails in the bathroom/shower.
Jean & I went into Kinsale (click HERE)on Saturday morning and enjoyed Carrot Cake with our tea in The Blue Haven. Some of the other guests went for the boat tour of Kinsale Harbour and finished up having Fish & chips in that renowned establishment on the quayside, Dinos. Some other guests went over to Lislevane for a game of golf. Jean & I finished or trip with delightfully creamy 99’s from Bolands whilst enjoying the fresh salt air on the quayside. A number of guests visited the swimming pool and spa and were very happy with facilities. I visited the gym, had a good look around and left deciding that this one instance when that old adage “It’s the thought that counts” is very true. The BBQ that evening was great and we all had a relaxing evening over more drink and chatting. The weather had been good on Friday on Saturday but turned to rain on Sunday with no let-up for the day.