Reeling Through The Years: Generation Weddings At The Shamrock Lodge Hotel

We’re kicking it back with the ultimate flashback Friday this week!

Family weddings and The Shamrock Lodge Hotel are like two lovebirds singing in sweet harmony from the same hymn sheet. Rooted at the heart of the hotel is a sentimental family history spanning three generations of McCaul men. General Manager Alan McCaul’s grandfather was a chef at the hotel when Princess Grace of Monaco visited in 1961, and so the family’s love affair with the property began. In 1993, the opportunity finally arose for his father Paddy McCaul to purchase the hotel, and Alan began working the floor as a young lad before progressing to work side-by-side with the matriarch of the family business.

With an endearing sense of charm and traditional hospitality in abundance, the hotel truly is a home away from home for guests. And it’s no surprise that generations of families follow suit by returning to The Shamrock Lodge to celebrate the most special day of their lives.

We caught up with Alan and Mary Glynn, who shared some of those love stories through the years; from photos of newlyweds, wedding receipts and menus dating as far back as the 1950’s, to snaps of those couples’ own children getting married.

They also shared the details of their up-coming Wedding Fair on Sunday 17th September 2017 with Spectacular Vintage Events. A wedding event with a difference, prospective couples can see The Shamrock Lodge in all its glory and discuss the hotel’s different wedding packages on the day. There will also be a host of unique vendors under one roof to help make your big day truly personal; from those seeking shabby chic vintage suppliers to glamorous on-trend details. Brides-to-be can sit and chat to their main ladies at the event’s vintage tea party whilst stocks last. Entry €5.00 per person. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to Spectacular Vintage Events now.

The Lackey Family

Images from L to R: 1) Jack and Gladys Gorman (Nee Murphy) pictured in the garden of The Shamrock Lodge on their wedding Day in 1959; 2) Daughter Ann’s (nee Gorman) marriage to Noel Lackey at The Shamrock Lodge on June 20th 1980; 3) Noel and Ann’s son Noel Jr who married Angkana Lackey at The Shamrock Lodge Hotel on the 8th December 2015.

The Mullin Family

4) Patsy and Maureen Mullin, Athlone, on their wedding day June 6th 1966. Last year Patsy and Maureen and their family returned to The Shamrock Lodge Hotel for their 50th Wedding Anniversary on the 6th June 2016. Can you believe that five of Patsy and Maureen’s children have had their wedding receptions at The Shamrock Lodge Hotel?! Patrick & Siobhan, Mary & Joe, Ann & Christopher, Mark & Deborah. 5) Pictured is one of those very special occasions – the wedding of John and Jeanette.

The Ward Family

6) Matt and Bernie Ward on their wedding day at The Shamrock Lodge September 24th 1970. Matt and Bernie’s four children have all celebrated their wedding reception at The Shamrock Lodge Hotel; David & Kate, Marese & Fergal, Edel & Shane and Bernadette & Karl.

The Dunning Family

7 & 8) Bernard and Antoinette Dunning on their wedding day September 19th 1977. The pair married in Coosan Church with reception at The Shamrock Lodge. 9) The couple’s daughter Nicola and her husband Paul Collins at their reception at The Shamrock Lodge Hotel on the February 17th 2007. Bernard and Antoinette’s other daughter Niamh is due to get married at The Shamrock Lodge Hotel in May 2018!

Wedding Souvenirs + Memorabilia

The Shamrock Lodge Hotel Today

Hosting weddings for over 60 years, The Shamrock Lodge Hotel‘s core value is to let their family look after yours. From the moment you enquire, to the big day itself, this motto rings true. Everything is taken care of by the dedicated team, offering you flexibility, warmth and privacy. In recent months, the beautiful gardens, the John Broderick Ballroom and the Ath Luain Restaurant have all undergone extensive renovations. Adapting to ever changing trends through the decades, the new look reflects the desires and requirements of the modern wedding couple. From the romantic ‘love swing’ on the lawn to plush interiors of the Princess Grace honeymoon suite, the hotel oozes contemporary style.

Committing to making your wedding hopes and dreams come true, the sky is the limit at The Shamrock Lodge when it comes to designing an event that represents both you and your family. The team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding civil or non-religious ceremonies, and they will be honored to chat through your ideas and recommend celebrants. For larger weddings of up to 280 guests, The John Broderick Suite is the perfect option for a beautiful wedding banquet surrounded by the extended clan. While for a more intimate celebration, The Shannon Suite will cater to 120 of your nearest and dearest. From delicious cuisine and undivided attention upon arrival, to a stunning backdrop for those all-important family wedding photos, you and your loved ones will create treasured memories at The Shamrock Lodge. And there’s no doubt you will be returning to celebrate many more milestone events for years to come.

Wedding packages at The Shamrock Lodge Hotel start from €36.00 per person. For more details or to book a private wedding consultation, call Mary Glynn on +353 (0)90 649 2601 or email

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