A newlywed couple who received a Papal Blessing have spoken of their delight at meeting Pope Francis in Rome.
Catriona Barry from Elm Wood, Thurles and her husband Brendan O' Daly were one of 50 lucky couples to secure tickets to meet Pope Francis and receive a unique rosary for newlyweds at a ceremony in Vatican City last month.
“It was such a wonderful experience. I didn't think we would actually get to meet him but he took the time to meet with all the couples and shake their hands," said Catriona. The happy couple celebrated their wedding at St. Senan's Church, Kilrush with a reception at Doonbeg Co. Clare before jetting off to Rome on honeymoon where they had the opportunity to don their wedding finery once more at the ceremony much to Catriona's delight.
“It was a great excuse to wear the dress again,” says Catriona who wore a four piece lace and silk creation from Irish bridal designer Sharon Hoey.
“Walking around the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps wearing my wedding dress is a moment I will never forget. The whole experience was a moment just for us after all the rushing and racing coming up to the wedding.”
And while official Vatican photographers captured the moment between the couple and Pope Francis Catriona says she wasn't inclined to ask for any sneaky selfies.
"We weren't allowed any cameras but I didn't even see the photographers because I was so caught in the moment." Catriona is a daughter of Richard and Philomena Barry, Thurles while Brendan's parents Paul and Colette O'Daly are based in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.