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The Social Media column: Crystal Swing’s Derek Burke ties the knot with long-term love Claire McAuliffe

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 17/08/2018 Mikie O'Loughlin
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Crystal Swing’s Derek Burke will be officially off the market as he ties the knot with his long-term love Claire McAuliffe in east Cork today.

The country crooner will be joined by close family and friends, including his mother Mary and sister Dervla, in Ballintotis church before a glamorous reception in the lovely Midleton Park Hotel.

“It’s been a year and a half since we got engaged and I’ve been waiting for this day to come,” he told The Social Media.

“I couldn’t be prouder and happier.”

The He Drinks Tequila star will spending his last moments as a single man in country style as he makes his way to the ceremony as part of a tractor run.

His mum Mary also tells us Claire will be brought to the church in magnificent pomp, but the exact details of her transport to the wedding remain a secret.

The happy couple will be joined by TG4 Glor Tire champions Patrick and Conor O’Sullivan and singer Louise Morrissey and her husband Johnny.

Radio presenter Brian Cunningham and top businessman Michael Hoey are also on the guest list.

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Country queen Philomena Begley and her son were invited to the big day, but were unable to join the pair.

Derek and Claire have plenty of time to settle in as man and wife before jetting off on their honeymoon next year.

The famed performer told us they have nothing booked at the moment and they are going to plan everything next week.

The groom-to-be said farewell to life as a bachelor with a traditional Cork session in his local pub Woods last night.

Pat Shortt backs Limerick to claim All-Ireland crown

He hails from Tipperary but comedian Pat Shortt has revealed he’ll be backing Limerick in tomorrow’s All-Ireland Hurling Final.

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The actor, who stars in A Skull in Connemara at the Olympia Theatre, said he’ll definitely be watching the big match – but you won’t find him in Croker.

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When asked who he’s supporting, Pat told us: “Limerick of course. I hate to put a crux on it but I think their chances are very strong.

“I think the matches against Clare exposed Galway - up until then I would have put my money on Galway.

“But Clare showed that they should have beat them.

‘I’d sooner watch it in the pub… I’ve been at a few All-Irelands and the atmosphere is great on the day but the trudging in and out is not for me.”

Miriam's prime time for holiday

Between filming documentaries and filling in on the airwaves for Sean O’Rourke, it’s been a very busy summer for Miriam O’Callaghan.

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The Prime Time host recently spent a week in sunny Portugal with her family and now she’s looking forward to a staycation to finish off the summer.

Miriam told us she’s planning on spending a relaxing few days down in Dingle after a hectic few months.

Marty is on the right road

Bernard O’Shea has revealed he’s become Marty Morrissey’s unofficial bodyguard since the pair were given their own RTE show.

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The Dancing With The Stars duo are set to film their own road trip comedy series and Bernard said being around Marty is like being pals with a rockstar.

He told us” “It’s impossible to go anywhere.

“It’s like going around with the Rolling Stones in their hayday or something.

“I’m his bodyguard – I’m just hanging around with the guy.”

Dad Daithi is top of the class

The years are flying by for RTE’s Daithi O Se and his wife Rita Talty. It only seems like yesterday that the low-key couple welcomed Micheal Og, but now the little man is ready to start school.

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The Rose of Tralee frontman said he won’t be crying at the schoolgates and that his son is more than ready for big school after two years in preschool.

Med to measure for mum Georgia

Model Georgia Penna is soaking up the sun in the Mediterranean on holiday with her husband Joe and their three children.

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Dragons' Den star and TanOrganic boss Noelle O’Connor almost went bust during recession while struggling to compete in Irish tan market

The Dubliner recently welcomed a baby daughter with her millionaire hedge fund manager husband and now the family are enjoying a spot of island hopping around Greece.

The half-Greek stunner is no stranger to the islands, having holidayed there last year too.

Johnny tries for some free time

Rugby hero Johnny Sexton isn’t letting the pressures of being Leinster captain and becoming a father again get to him.

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Ahead of the kick-off of the new rugby season, the 33-year-old was seen by our onlookers in South Dublin enjoying a quick coffee in the swanky Rathgar hotspot Fia as he escaped nappy duty.

It has been a few weeks to remember for the three-time Six Nations winner after Leo Cullen made him skipper of the blues and he welcomed his second child, baby Sophie, with wife Laura Priestley.

Rachel horsing around on TV

Sky Sports anchor Rachel Wyse has confessed broadcasting wasn’t always her dream as she thought she would be working with horses.

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The 33-year-old has been

a keen showjumper from a young age and growing up, that’s what she intended on doing.

Rachel told us: “I thought the horses would be what I would do – in terms of competing internationally I wasn’t so sure but my dad put his foot down and said I had to go to college.

“I did a four-year degree in business studies and media, six months of that was work experience so I went into City Channel Television which was a local station.”


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