While one of north Cork’s most eligible bachelors is set to walk down the aisle in November, fair maidens hoping to catch the eye of Cllr John Paul O’Shea need not be to dispirited.
The popular County Councillor will play the role of the ‘groom’ during mock nuptials, already being touted as ‘the wedding of the year’, set to take place at Mallow’s Hibernian Hotel on Saturday, November 10.
Proceeds raised through the escapade will go to the Nazareth Care Building Fund, which is being used to help cover the cost of re-developing the North Cork home.
The fundraiser will take in a sumptuous five-course meal, drinks and live music, with a DJ rounding off the evening. Tickets for the day, priced at €50 per head, will be available from the Hibernian Hotel and Nazareth House from next Monday (September 17).
People who may not be able to attended the fundraiser can still help out by donating to the fund at www.idonate.ie/NazarethHouseMockWedding.
Cllr O’Shea said that he was looking forward to the day, which he said should be “great craic”.
“When I was asked to be a part of the fundraiser I said yes straight away. I don’t yet know who the ‘bride’ will be or who else will make up the wedding party but I’m sure there will be a few familiar faces,” he grinned.
“I hope that people will come out and support what promises to be a great day in aid of this great cause,” he added.
The €18.5 million redevelopment at Nazareth House will represent the largest ever investment at the Dromahane facility and is being funded through a combination of existing finances, a bank loan and fundraising activities such as the forthcoming mock wedding. It consists of a new two-story extension with 120 brand new single en-suite bedrooms and ancillary facilities linked to the original Newberry House and existing Church.
Phase one of the project has already been completed with residents already moved into their new accommodation.
Work on second phase of the re-development, which will incorporate a new coffee dock, a multi-purpose hall and leisure rooms, commenced in August and is due to be completed by the end of this year.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online.
People who may not be able to attended the fundraiser can still help out by donating online.