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Need to Hear a Cuckoo or See Three Magpies on your Wedding Day?

Irish Wedding Folklore Shared at Carlyle International's
Resorts of The Dromoland Collection in Ireland

Newmarket-on-Fergus and Castlemartyr, IRE.
 --- Mystical, magical, and ancient, the island of Ireland is home to many a tall tale and tried-and-true tradition. Weddings, in particular, are a favorite subject of tips and tricks to ensure that the bride and groom live and love happily ever after – and the resorts of The Dromoland Collection are two of the most romantic and rewarding luxury destination properties in all of Ireland, creating perfect settings for perfect weddings.

Always delighted to host a nuptial party large or small, the staff of Castlemartyr Resort and Dromoland Castle are pleased to highlight a few of their most beloved wedding folk traditions ... Irish style!

  • It’s good luck to hear a cuckoo or see three magpies on the morning of the wedding – or, barring that, to be awakened on the big day by the sound of singing birds.
  • The bride should carry a horse shoe to bring about good luck. Alternatively (and more conveniently), a horse shoe should be hung up in the newlywed’s house.
  • However, she shouldn’t put on her veil herself; a happily married woman should do it for her. (Wearing a veil, by the way, helps to confuse evil spirits and thus keep them at bay.)
  • Good fortune will smile on the bride who is kissed by a chimney sweep on her way to the church.
  • Beautiful children will grace the union if the bride or groom looks at the sun on the way to church.
  • Wedding bells keep evil spirits away and bring harmony to the newlyweds, as will tying tin cans to the wedding carriage (or car, as the case may be).
  • As everyone knows, it’s bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other the day of the wedding before the ceremony.
  • The couple should leave the church by a different route than the one by which they arrived, signifying their new life together.
  • A guest must toss a shoe over the bride’s head after the wedding to bring good luck to the pair.
  • Bunratty Mead – made from honey and perhaps the oldest drink in Ireland -- is the toast of choice for the bride and groom should they hope to have a large family.
  • Contrary to common sense, the bride’s mother-in-law should break a piece of wedding cake on the bride’s head as she enters the house after the ceremony in order to ensure that they will be friends for life.
  • When cleaning up after the mother-in-law’s antics, the bride and groom should not wash their hands together.
And finally, a tip with which most married folks would agree:
  • The groom should be the first to wish joy to the bride to ensure a life of happiness (and harmony).At Dromoland and Castlemartyr weddings, the bride and groom bring the love; The Dromoland Collection supplies everything else ... even the horseshoe!
Weddings at The Dromoland Collection: where legends live on

The Dromoland Collection comprises Dromoland Castle and Castlemartyr Resort, two of Ireland’s finest and most celebrated hotels.  The hotels in this collection embody the legendary Dromoland tradition of incomparable hospitality complemented by exquisite surroundings, yet each possesses a distinctive style, character and charm all its own.

About Castlemartyr Resort:
Nestled in the unspoiled rolling countryside of East Cork near the ruins of an 800-year-old castle, Castlemartyr Resort’s crowning jewel is a classic 18th century manor house. The Manor has been magnificently restored and elegantly enhanced to offer 109 deluxe guest rooms, gourmet dining, an expansive world-class spa and welcoming, impeccably styled interiors.  Opportunities for outdoor pursuits abound both on the estate, which includes an inland-links-style golf course designed by the renowned Ron Kirby, and in the surrounding region.

Castlemartyr Resort is located in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, Ireland. The hotel can be contacted at 011 353 21 4219000; website:  Reservations can be made through the hotel (; through The Dromoland Collection at; or through Preferred Hotels & Resort at 1.800.323.7500 or

About Dromoland Castle:

Dromoland Castle, located in Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, was built in the 16th century.  Majestically set on the shores of Lough Dromoland, it is surrounded by over 410 acres of breathtaking scenery, including a championship parkland golf course.  Lavish interiors, fine food and superb wines complement the deluxe accommodations of the Castle’s 99 guest rooms, while Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club, an intimate spa and traditional outdoor recreational opportunities ensure a unique guest experience.

Dromoland Castle is located at Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, Ireland. The hotel can be contacted at 011 353 61 368144 or 1-800-346-7007; website  Reservations can be made through the hotel (; through The Dromoland Collection at; or through Preferred Hotels & Resort at 1.800.323.7500 or

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Carlyle Fairfax Smith
Carlyle International
Ph: 703.898.1333

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