We had a great Night, Drinking and Dancing, and we have Rights, so let the Rest of the People of Ireland Go and Fu.. Off? Covid-19 Rules are not for the Travellers?

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‘We had a great night’ — Couple brag on social media after Traveller wedding with 120 guests

 8th May 2021


A bride and groom who caused uproar this week after hosting an after-party with 120 revellers have proudly posted their wedding pictures to social media and declared: ‘We had a great night.’a group of people posing for the camera© Provided by Extra.ie

Guests of the happy couple also posted their delight at the party, with one saying any critics of their actions were ‘jealous’ and ‘lockdown is over’.

Willie Stokes and Shelby Kelly posted pictures of themselves on the altar of St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford after exchanging vows and another image of them in a car together on their wedding day.a group of people sitting at a table with a bottle: Revellers pose inside the marquee.© Provided by Extra.ie Revellers pose inside the marquee.

Friends and family congratulated the couple on Facebook with friend Aaron Rebecca Briody saying: ‘Congratulations to ye both, the best of luck, you maid [sic] a beautiful bride everything was lovely.’

Other friends and family defended the couple underneath links to articles about the wedding on news websites.

Lena Kelly told one person who lambasted the decision to hold the party: ‘Don’t be jealous it’s killing ye [to] see people getting back to normality. Lockdown is over.’

AnnMarie McDonagh said she has ‘never seen as much talk about a wedding in all my life’, adding: ‘It was a great night.’a group of people sitting at a table: Guests at the wedding.© Provided by Extra.ie Guests at the wedding.

The couple were undeterred by the criticism of them holding the party despite the public health emergency. Under a Longford Leader article about the wedding, they commented: ‘We’re the people hu [sic] got married yesterday and we had a great night and we will even have a better night at de next wedding.’

More than 120 people defied a court order to attend the Traveller wedding reception in the tent in Co. Longford. This was despite council chiefs and gardaí attending the scene earlier that day and ordering that the 2,000sq.ft marquee be taken down after obtaining an emergency court order.

The same marquee was also used at a large funeral gathering in Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, in March, but the tent was owned by someone else at that time.

Alan Horohoe is a marquee hire operator who trades as Ventura Marquee Hire in Lanesboro, Co. Longford and supplied the couple with the tent this week.

He set up the tent on Monday and was asked by gardai to take it down on Tuesday, but said he would only do so if the couple agreed.

Traveller representative group Pavee Point described the events in Longford as ‘reckless’ this week.a group of people standing in a room: A bride and groom who caused uproar this week after hosting an after-party with 120 revellers have proudly posted their wedding pictures to social media and declared: ‘We had a great night.’© Provided by Extra.ie A bride and groom who caused uproar this week after hosting an after-party with 120 revellers have proudly posted their wedding pictures to social media and declared: ‘We had a great night.’

‘It’s hugely disappointing,’ said a spokesperson.

‘It just shouldn’t have happened. The work that the HSE and Traveller organisations have done to educate Travellers, to see this is just very reckless and disappointing.’

Meanwhile, Judge Keenan Johnson ordered the bridal party, the marquee owner and the caterers to come before the courts tomorrow to explain their decisions.

Judge Johnson said he wanted to hear from the respective parties involved as to why the event proceeded just hours after an emergency circuit court injunction was granted to remove the marquee.

‘The dogs on the street knew that this was a complete breach of all public health regulations,’ he said.a group of people standing in a room: Guests of the happy couple also posted their delight at the party, with one saying any critics of their actions were ‘jealous’ and ‘lockdown is over’.© Provided by Extra.ie Guests of the happy couple also posted their delight at the party, with one saying any critics of their actions were ‘jealous’ and ‘lockdown is over’.

‘It’s outrageous. Not alone have they defied the public health regulations, they have flagrantly defied a specific court order,’ he said.

The court heard submissions from Niall Flynn, BL, for Longford County Council, who stated the local authority had done ‘everything within its remit’ to prevent the gathering from taking place. Superintendent Jim Delaney said gardaí spoke with members of the bridal party, the owner of the marquee and caterers involved in the event, serving them with written copies of the State’s current Covid-19 health regulations.

Supt Delaney said a detective Garda told him of hearing a conversation between the marquee owner and the father of the bride over calls for the tent to be taken down. He said the businessman was told by the man: ‘Under no circumstances are you to take down that marquee.’

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