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Co Armagh woman who rearranged wedding in three hours to beat new Covid restrictions says `I do'

Co Armagh woman Hannah McGilly, who rearranged her entire wedding in just three hours to beat stricter Covid-19 restrictions due to come into force next week, pictured with her new husband, Patrick Collins. The pair got married at St John's Church, Tartaraghan. Picture by Mal McCann
Marie Louise McConville

A Co Armagh woman who rearranged her entire wedding in just three hours to beat new Covid-19 restrictions made it to the altar yesterday to say `I do'.

Hannah McGilly, from Annaghmore near Portadown, had been due to marry her fiancé Patrick Collins next Friday but news of tighter rules coming into force prompted them to think again.

Not wanting to miss their chance to get married and have some form of reception, Hannah, a training support officer at South West College in Dungannon, decided to move the celebrations a week forward to yesterday.

Having been planning the wedding for three years, after Patrick - a 27-year-old manager for Bryson Recycling - popped the question at the Grand Canyon, the couple had initially planned to have 180 guests but the Covid pandemic meant they had to scale back their plans.

Yesterday, the couple got married at St John's Church in Tartaraghan in Co Armagh with just 25 people - both sets of parents, siblings, grandparents and friends.

The newly-weds and their small group of guests then enjoyed a reception in a smaller room at the Kilylhevlin Hotel where last minute table plans ensured social distancing and the two-household rule.

Speaking to The Irish News last night, Hannah said all the stress had been worth it, with even the weather playing its part.

"It has been fantastic," she said.

"It all worked out. It is not what we had planned but you have to make the best of things.

"We have been told now that we can stay over."

She added: "All the stress and pressure has made some great memories but it's what the two of us mean to each other that matters".

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