WEDDING bells rang out in Killarney for Claire Brosnan and Mark Francis on Saturday. Claire, from Port Road, Killarney, and Killorglin native Mark exchanged vows in the Prince of Peace Church in Fossa, in a ceremony led by Fr Tom Looney and Fr Niall Howard.

The bride’s sister Karen Brosnan and groom’s sister Samantha Francis joined forces in the role of bridesmaids while Mark’s brothers Christy and Anthony Francis were best man and groomsman respectively.

The couple’s son Adam Francis enjoyed the limelight as pageboy, as did Mark’s niece Sarah Boyne, who took on flower-girl duties.

Helping lead the celebrations were the bride’s parents Marguerite and Gerard Brosnan and the groom’s mother and father Mary and Christopher Francis.

Friends and family travelled from across Ireland the globe, including from Australia, Sweden and England, for the celebration, with the reception taking place in The Gleneagle Hotel. “The management and staff were amazing, they pulled out all the stops!” said Claire.

Killarney photographer Sally MacMonagle captured the big day on camera and the bride looked stunning in a Maggie Sottero dress.

Claire and Mark first met 12 years ago through mutual friends in Killorglin.

Planning the wedding proved no problem as the couple had plenty of help. “I had amazing wedding planners in my mom, dad and sister!” said Clare. “They did so much for me!”

On Sunday, the celebrations continued at the Old Killarney Inn, with Killarney singer Kieran Healy entertaining all present.

The newlyweds, who reside in Perth, enjoyed a weekend away in Adare and will return to Australia next week. See the feature, with pictures by Sally MacMonagle, in Wedding of the Week in today’s edition, page 26, and online on

Pictured above: Claire Brosnan and Mark Francis with Karen Brosnan, Samantha Francis, Christy Francis and Anthony Francis.

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