The Lodge at Ashford Castle, along with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, gave one lucky couple the gift of a lifetime as they presented the winning bride and groom-to-be with a €10,000 luxury 8-day, all-inclusive honeymoon cruise.
All couples who booked their wedding at The Lodge at Ashford Castle before 31st of March this year were entered into the draw to win the honeymoon cruise. Earlier in the week, three finalists were chosen at random and invited to The Lodge at Ashford Castle on Wednesday, 24th of May where the winning couple was selected live on air with the Gerry Glennon Show on Mid-West Radio.
Shane Regan, Roscommon town and Nora Garvey, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon, won the honeymoon of a lifetime as they opened the winning envelope live on air to find a Uniworld voucher inside. There were tears of happiness as the couple, along with the wedding team and management at The Lodge, celebrated with bubbly in the sunshine on the shores of Lough Corrib.
Shane and Nora met in Dublin 12 years ago when love blossomed. Shane decided Nora was the one and asked Nora’s father for permission to marry his daughter while they were outside Garvey’s Bar in Ballintubber, where her father had grown up. Sadly, before Shane got to pop the question to Nora, her father passed away.
A romantic proposal took place on Christmas Eve when Shane dropped to one knee in front of Garvey’s Bar, in the exact place where Nora’s father had given the marriage his blessing! The happy couple will tie the knot on New Year’s Eve this year and plan to set sail in 2018 with their incredible Uniworld honeymoon cruise.
Speaking about their recent good fortune, Shane said: “We were so thrilled and delighted to win. We could not believe it. It was just fantastic and we are overwhelmed and humbled.”