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Courteney Cox and fiancé Johnny McDaid ‘ringing in New Year in Galway’

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 31/12/2021 Galen English

Friends star Courteney Cox and her fiancé Johnny McDaid are reported to be ringing in the New Year in Galway.

The celebrity couple, who have been reported to be planning to tie the knot in Ireland, are believed to be staying in Lough Cutra Castle in Gort in Galway.

The impressive venue is set on a 600-acre estate looking out over a 1,000-acre lake which happens to also be the largest privately-owned lake in Europe.

Friends star Courteney Cox and her fiancé Johnny McDaid are rumoured to be ringing in the New Year in the west of Ireland. Pic: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios © Provided by Extra.ie Friends star Courteney Cox and her fiancé Johnny McDaid are rumoured to be ringing in the New Year in the west of Ireland. Pic: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios

It may be a coincidence but there were reports in the past the couple were planning to get married in a castle in Ireland at Christmas.

It had been though the event would be held in Derry where McDaid hails from.

A spokesman for the luxury hotel refused to comment when contacted.

The celebrity couple, who have been reported to be planning to tie the knot in Ireland, are believed to be staying in Lough Cutra Castle in Galway. Pic: Lough Cutra Castle © Provided by Extra.ie The celebrity couple, who have been reported to be planning to tie the knot in Ireland, are believed to be staying in Lough Cutra Castle in Galway. Pic: Lough Cutra Castle

‘One of the reasons people come here is because of our discretion,’ the spokesperson said.

However, it is thought the couple enjoyed a three or four-night stay at the Gothic-style castle which has  also hosted Prince Charles and the Duchess of York in the past.

The castle which has nine bedrooms and only sleeps up to 18 guests maximum and is accessed with a mile-long drive way.

It may be a coincidence but there were reports in the past the couple were planning to get married in a castle in Ireland at Christmas. Pic: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for UCLA © Provided by Extra.ie It may be a coincidence but there were reports in the past the couple were planning to get married in a castle in Ireland at Christmas. Pic: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for UCLA

The sprawling grounds include the ruins of seven churches.

Last year the pair, who have been dating since 2013, were separated for 200 days after being caught up in lockdown.

At the time a source said the fact they had to spend so long apart was a driving force behind their decision to say ‘I do’.

Last year the pair, who have been dating since 2013, were separated for 200 days after being caught up in lockdown. Pic: Steve Granitz/WireImage © Provided by Extra.ie Last year the pair, who have been dating since 2013, were separated for 200 days after being caught up in lockdown. Pic: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Courteney told the Vinyl Supper podcast she kept herself busy by cooking …a lot.

She said: ‘I cook every day, I’ve learned to cook so much more, I’ve perfected it.

‘I haven’t seen John in that many days, he left when the country shut down, the day before.

‘Sundays are different, I miss a lot of it, although people are starting to go: “OK, people have been quarantining, everyone’s safe”.

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