Celeb Weddings

A Wedding Destination for well-known Celebrities.

Ballintubber Abbey has seen thousands and thousands of Weddings in its +800 history.  We are honoured and privileged to be the host of so many weddings ceremonies for couples near and far throughout the years. 

April 2001 we saw Jean Butler of Riverdance fame marry fashion designer Cuan Hanley.  As it’s a bride’s prerogative to be late for her wedding ceremony, Jean Butler stretched things a little arriving 60 minutes late for her ceremony. 

Groom to be, fashion designer Cuan Hanley, and his bestmen Simon O’Driscoll and Ian Bergin, were beginning to anxiously kick pebbles in the church grounds when the wedding Daimler finally came into view and cruised to a halt.  Exactly 60 minutes late, the smiling star emerged with her father Michael, who extended a shawl to protect his daughter’s bare shoulders.  The wedding and reception at Belleek Castle Hotel in Ballina.   The eldest guest was Jean’s grandmother 95-year-old Mae Byrne from Ballyhaunis.


In August 2001 we had the privilege of hosting the Wedding of Pierce Brosnan to Keely Shaye Smith.  The couple tied the knot at Ballintubber Abbey in front of 100 guests after being forced to postpone their wedding three times.  At first, Keely and their four-year-old son Dylan Thomas were trapped in their Californian home by floods, then Pierce’s 17-year-old son Sean was seriously injured in a car accident, and finally, Keely discovered she was pregnant with their second son, Paris.

When the couple were finally able to have their much-anticipated nuptials, Pierce reportedly turned up to the +800-year-old abbey in a car with 00MO7 number plates.  The star studded reception was held in Ashford Castle


Shane Filan from Westlife married his childhood sweetheart, Gillian Walsh on 28th of December 2003 at Ballintubber Abbey, followed by a reception at Ashford Castle.

The happy couple wed during a romantic ceremony in the Abbey, surrounded by their nearest and dearest, before retiring to Ashford Castle Hotel, where they partied into the night.