Connie Lynch and Sinead Murray
20th August 2015
Connie Lynch and Sinead Murray, the old adage ‘love at first sight’ certainly
rang true when the pair met at an LGBT adult group in 2010.
Letterkenny native first laid eyes on Connie, also from Letterkenny, when she
was facilitating a meeting at
adult group. That night Sinead fell head over heels for the marketing
co-ordinator at Lough Eske Castle Hotel.
recalls, “If I’m being honest I couldn’t even look at her as I could feel my
face going red,” a sure sign the butterflies were fluttering. But
Sinead didn’t need to worry as the feelings were very mutual. Connie admits she
“nearly fainted” when she first saw Sinead. After
such chemistry at the meeting, it’s no surprise that the ladies began dating.
They are both now living in Letterkenny with their daughter Blaithin.
later, the girls decided that a wedding was on the cards but it was Sinead that
sparked the conversation. “I knew very early in our relationship that Connie
was ‘the one’. I don’t think you could call it a proposal but we were sitting outside
in the sun and I told her “I would love to hold your hand forever” and without
even thinking I asked “would you
hold my hand forever?” To which she said “Yes” and there was a moment of what
does that mean and a lot of laughter. That was it, but we kept it quiet for a
while until we got our promise rings made.”
enough, wedding preparations began and the date was set for August 20, 2015
with the ceremony and reception taking place at the Millpark Hotel, Co. Donegal
with 280 guests in attendance. Blaithin
Murray and Christopher Murray stood as bridesmaid and bestmale for Sinead and
Aine Mc Loughlin and Lee Carlin were honoured to undertake the same roles for
girls, this was a dream come true, with personal touches threaded throughout
their shabby chic themed day; from Blaithin performing a song during the ceremony,
to Sinead’s dad singing a song during his speech. Not only
did the personal touches from family and friends add something special to the
wedding, the most memorable moment for the girls was seeing each other for the
first time on the day. Connie was blown away by her bride,” I almost tried not
to look at her because I was trying so hard not to cry at how beautiful she
Sinead, Connie coming down the aisle was her highlight, along with her mother’s
touching contribution to the day. “I had no idea what her (Connie) dress was like
and I genuinely could not keep my eyes off her she was just beautiful.
My mum read out a poem that she wrote for the
day. This would be incredibly out of her comfort zone as she is quite shy and
understandably she was really emotional as her only daughter was getting
married but I thought it was such a beautiful thing for her to do. After a
memorable ceremony, it was time for the girls to enjoy their night with their
guests and one moment in particular stood out for the bride. Connie
fondly remembers her bride wheeling her (literally) into their reception. “A
highlight was people’s faces when Sinead pushed me into the meal on a wheelbarrow.
Sinead was giving it socks dancing and pushing
me at the same time. It was hilarious! Also my granny, grandad and great aunt were
present and each one of them said it was the nicest, most personal wedding they
had ever attended, this, for me, was something really special and will stay
with me forever.
with the non-conventional mode of transport, the girls were surprised with a
gift from three of their friends. “They surprised us by doing a rap mid
ceremony about our relationship so far, we nearly fell off our seats laughing. After
working tirelessly to promote the “Yes” vote back in May, now being able to say
they are wife and wife means the world to Connie and Sinead.
made me the happiest woman on the planet by becoming my wife, I believe we
couldn’t have chosen a better time to get married in Ireland and I believe that
the outcome of the referendum made our day even more special and emotional.
are both so proud to be a gay married couple in Ireland today.
back on the first day I saw Sinead I never thought I would be lucky enough to
marry her. So it was the best day of my life. You could feel the emotion in the
room as everyone felt so happy for us because we did fight very hard to get there,”
Connie proudly stated.
who knew Connie was ‘the one’ from their very first date, feels that same level
of pride. “We fought so hard to ensure a “Yes” vote in Donegal and it just made
the day incredibly special as everyone knew how much we wanted to get married.
I wanted to tell Connie in front of all our family and friends that I loved her
so much and that I will be committed to her until the end.