Holywood's sporting superstar, Rory McIlory, is soon to wed his beautiful fiance in a fairytale Irish castle which was made famous by Hollywood. Multi-millionaire Rory and his American fiance Erica Stoll will tie the knot on Saturday, 22 April in Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo.
Rory, 27, is a big name in the world of golf; his superstar colleagues are expected to fly in for, what insiders have already dubbed, the "wedding of the decade".
Rory's family, including parents Gerry and Rosie who sacrificed so much to finance his golfing ambitions, are also travelling south for their son's wedding.
Rory and Erica had been friends long before love blossomed; they met when she was working for the PGA of America.
The wedding venue Ashford Castle became a "star" in its own right in the 1952 Hollywood blockbuster The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The ever enduring popularity of the Oscar winning film has made it a popular haunt for international stars like Brad Pitt, Rod Stewart, Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel. Former US President Ronald Reagan also stayed in the hotel which is set in 350 acres on the shore of picturesque Lough Corrib. Other stars who have celebrated their weddings at the castle include actor Pierce Brosnan and Westlife singer Shane Filan.