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Joe Brolly weds broadcaster Laurita Blewitt at weekend ceremony in Co Mayo

Broadcaster Laurita Blewitt with her third cousin, US President Joe Biden.
Paul Ainsworth

GAA pundit Joe Brolly has married partner Laurita Blewitt at a ceremony in her native Co Mayo.

The former All-Ireland winning Derry footballer and barrister wed radio host Ms Blewitt - a cousin of US president Joe Biden - at the Ice House hotel in Ballina on Saturday.

The couple got engaged last year after dating for several years.

Just over 100 guests attended the ceremony, including Derry Girls actor and comedian Tommy Tiernan, and broadcaster Hector O hEochagain, who both co-host the The Tommy, Hector & Laurita Podcast with Ms Blewit. The comedy podcast has over 10 million global downloads

In a tweet following the ceremony, Mr O hEochagain and Mr Tiernan wrote: "Comhghairdeas to our Laurita & her beloved".

Other guests at the ceremony, which was officiated by Mr Brolly's friend Fr Liam McClarey, included former Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé and promoter Peter Aiken.

Meanwhile, organ donation surgery pioneers Dr David Hickey and Dr Tim Brown also attended. Mr Brolly famously donated a kidney in 2012 to Belfast GAA coach Shane Finnegan.

Following the ceremony, the couple attended a function at Ballina's Knockmore GAC.

It was reported that President Biden was to send the newlyweds a good luck message following the ceremony.

Mr Brolly met the president - who is a third cousin of his new spouse - during a visit to Washington DC for St Patrick's Day back in March.

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