Wedding Bells are sounding all in aid of Charity as the TG4 soap Ros na Rún is currently preparing for a mock wedding.
Preparations are in full swing at Ros na Rún which is based in Spiddal, for the mock wedding that will take place in a months time as they hope to raise money for two local cancer charities.
The mock wedding will take place in the Galway Bay Hotel all in aid of Cancer Care West and the Gavin Glynn Foundation (an organisation that helps families with children who have cancer and have to travel abroad for medicine.)
Everyone in Ros na Rún, from cast to crew, are helping out to ensure a brilliant night will be had in front of 400 people on Saturday 24th November.
Weddings are nothing new to Ros na Rún, having gone through dozens of them in its 20 plus years, yet it’s been six years since they last held a fake wedding. The fake wedding or Bainis Bhréige will take place in the Galway Bay Hotel as an Irish language event.
Brídín Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, who plays Katie in Ros na Rún, is very excited about organising this fundraiser, scheduled for the Galway Bay Hotel on November 24.
“It’s been years since we held one though we almost always hold some kind of fundraiser every year. This year we’re so excited about the fake wedding as it gives a chance for everyone to get involved.
“We will be staging the civil ceremony, the drinks reception and the wedding reception in the hotel using all of our skills from script writing to acting to production.
“And of course the plot is top secret. Nobody yet knows – not even the couple – who’s getting married yet,” she says gleefully.
Niall Mac Eachmharcaigh (who plays John Joe in Ros na Rún) and is one of the longest serving actors there, hadn’t even started the script a few weeks ago but has given assurances that it would be one to remember.
“It’s not going to be straight forward,” he laughs mischievously. His scriptwriting skills are well honed and it was he who wrote, C.U. Burn, that was broadcast on TG4 almost 20 years ago. C.U. Burn was a comedy series about an undertaker which was his own concept and which is now enjoying reruns on TG4.
Like most weddings there will be some drama though this being organised by cast and crew from a soap opera, no doubt it will be big drama.
This is a day out for 400 people and the price of a ticket to the event will include a drinks reception, a sit down wedding banquet followed by music and dancing, not forgetting the drama.
“On a serious note, all monies raised from the ticket sales (€35 each) and raffle will go to Cancer Care West and to the Gavin Glynn Foundation.
“We picked these two charities because one of the actor’s niece is currently undergoing cancer treatment and needs to travel abroad so it’s one that’s close to our hearts.
“We have in the past raised monies for charities like Pieta House with a Christmas Carol recital but this one is really important to us,” say Brídín.
Six years ago the tickets sold out in two days. Tickets will be going on sale in Ros na Rún tomorrow, Thursday 25th October.
Get your dress or your tux ready as well as buying your ticket to be present at the mock wedding which takes place on the 24th November in the Galway Bay Hotel all in aid of charity.