Athy hotel rescue for wedding couple after Hazel closure

never mind ‘get me to the church on time’ - for one young couple it was get us to the hotel after dreams of their wedding at the Hazel Hotel came crashing down last November.

never mind ‘get me to the church on time’ - for one young couple it was get us to the hotel after dreams of their wedding at the Hazel Hotel came crashing down last November.

Portarlington couple Jennifer Jordan and Edward Gallagher had paid off their wedding in full to the Hazel Hotel only days before it went into voluntary liquidation last November.

The couple, whose story appeared at the time in the Leinster Leader, had no joy in getting the E2,500 paid for their big day back and were at a loss until Richard Nolan, manager of the Carlton Hotel in Athy came to their rescue.

The Carlton offered the couple the same date they had booked at the Hazel - Thursday, May 5, put E100 towards the couple’s bus and honoured their E500 wedding deposit from the Hazel Hotel.

“It was the best day of our lives,” said newly married Ed Gallagher.

“The hotel staff were outstanding - they went all out and it was an absolutely amazing day. The manager, Richard Nolan, couldn’t do enough for us on the day. We stayed in the Bridal Suite which was gorgeous although we didn’t get to bed till around 6.30am but thankfully we had the suite all the next day.”

According to Ed, most of the 148 guests partied until 7am that morning and were all treated like royality by the Hotel staff.

“It was absolutely an amazing day,” he added. “The hotel manager had organised Chinese Lanterns for myself and Jennifer to let off around 11pm from the balcony but we couldn’t get them going because of the rain. That was a shame but it didn’t put a dampner on our celebrations.”

And if that wasn’t enough, hotel manager Richard Nolan even rang Joe Duffy’s Live Line to see if he could get the couple a free honeymoon.

Ed who has been with his new wife for 13 years and together they have four children Jamie, Lauren, Kayleigh and Gavin.

“We have made a friend for life - that’s the way we feel. I have never seen a manager so hands on. We are available now for honeymoons - we’d go anywhere! We had a set back with the Hazel closing down but this has lifted us right back up. It was the best day of our lives and The Carlton Hotel made it totally special.”

Hotel manager Richard Nolan praised the generousity of the hotel staff and florist.

“The chair covers were donated, the florist gave the flowers and my self and the staff dontated our time free-of-charge as well,” explained the manager.

“I was left red faced on the night as they me up during the speeches and made a presentation to me. That has never happened to me before in all my time as a manager so it was lovely.”

Meanwhile the Monasterevin land mark Hazel Hotel was sold last Wednesday but the couple still haven’t heard about any refund.

“Nobody has rang us yet,” added Ed. “I’d love to get our money back but I don’t think that will happen.”