Cork’s premier wedding venue now welcomes couples who had booked for France, Spain and beyond –


So many people have been disappointed in recent months with the cancellation of parties, concerts and vacations for almost everyone in Ireland.However, there are also hundreds of couples across the country who have had to postpone their special day due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Fortunately, now that the country has started to open up, weddings and ceremonies have started again in the rebel county.

One of the venues that has had to adjust to the ‘new normal’ is the ever-popular Castlemartyr Resort, which was voted Wedding of the Year at the Munster Hotel just before the lockdown.

We spoke to Danielle Murrihy, the resort’s sales and marketing manager, who told us how extremely busy they have been since they reopened at the end of June.

“During the three or four months of the lockdown, couples who were engaged or were early in the planning process could only do research online.

“Now they all want to come visit us and see what’s wonderful.

“We have been inundated with shows since our reopening so yes we have been very busy but it’s great! “.

Since its reopening, the resort has received many new bookings from couples who originally planned to marry abroad.

These couples have now decided to get married at their home with the original size party they were planning to travel with Danielle, Danielle says.

“We had a lot of new bookings for destination weddings that were brought back to Ireland, from people who were supposed to be going to France, Spain or Italy.

“They are now using the castle grounds or the fountain area for their outdoor ceremonies, so we are very lucky to have the outdoor space to use.

“We obviously can’t control the weather so we always have a rainy weather plan ready but there has certainly been an increase in demand for outdoor ceremonies.”

Only one wedding has taken place at the resort so far this summer, but Danielle says it was a wonderful day that the couple were delighted with.

“They were due to get married this summer, but they moved next year before choosing to come back this year because they were happy to be able to accommodate all 50 guests.

“They just had their immediate family and it was wonderful, they had their first dance and a great meal so they were thrilled.

“It was not what they initially planned because the day was shorter and we can only serve alcohol within the guidelines, but they were happy.”

The station follows HSE and Failte Ireland guidelines, but tries to keep the ceremony and reception as close to normal as possible.

“Masks are optional for guests, but the team wear them all and when guests come in from outside they don’t have to wear them.

“Due to alcohol restrictions, we have a reception with a drink in advance, then dinner and finishing with tea, coffee and a wedding cake afterwards.

“There is no bar before or after the meal as there would be traditionally.

“The ceremony is then the same as usual but there is social distancing and of course a limited number.

“The chairs are all spaced out and during dinner in the ballroom there will only be about four people at each table, compared to the usual eight or ten.

“We had signs on the dance floor asking people to join social distancing but they had their speeches as usual and they were announced in the room. “

The government’s decision not to increase the number of people allowed to attend rallies will be difficult for couples, Danielle says.

“It was a tough decision for them to make, but we know they have everyone’s welfare first and we will stick to the guidelines.

“We’ll do our best and the more we all do now, the better in the long run, but it will also be difficult for couples.”

To learn more about Castlemartyr Resort and see photos of their fabulous ceremonies, head to their website here.


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