What a great catch; MARIA STAR AOIFE BOWLED OVER AS SHE MARRIES IRISH CRICKET CAPTAIN.
And the reality TV singer was certainly bowled over by her groom Jason Molins - he's the ex-captain of Ireland's cricket team.
Aoife, who came fourth in BBC's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, said: "I'm so happy to have married the man of my dreams, my soulmate - so happy that I got very emotional walking down the aisle, and ruined my makeup...
This is the happiest I've ever been. Jason is my real leading man."
The couple wed in front of 60 friends and family at the Marbella Beach Club in southern Spain after choosing the venue when they ate there while on holiday two years ago. Guests included Abi Finley, Aoife's best friend who was also a contestant on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, and the golfer Christy O'Connor Jr, a friend of Aoife's father John, an FG councillor and bookie back home in Galway.
Friends from her stage school sang Seasons Of Love and Abi sang Secret Love from Calamity Jane.
But Aoife, 31, who is now starring in Chicago in London's West End, revealed: "There's a sort of tradition that any man who marries a girl in my family has to sing 'Galway Girl'.
"Unfortunately Jason hasn't a note in his head, God love him, but he did very well and I was incredibly proud of him."
Dubliner Jason, 34, played first-class cricket from 1998 until 2007 and is Ireland's most successful captain ever but he has terrible trouble explaining the rules to Aoife.
She laughed: "That's an on-going battle for him!
"Now when he asks me if I understand cricket, I just nod - it saves so much time."
They met in a London bar in January 2008, only to find that, although he'd seen her on the BBC show, he had voted for the eventual winner Connie Fisher.
"My family absolutely loved him from the start they even said 'He's a good catch.'... It's lovely knowing I'm going to be with him for the rest of my life and it's kind of like us against the world."
Star... Aoife's Chicago poster Howzat!... A joyful occasion for Aoife, Jason and her guests, including Christy O'Connor Jr, above left, with Aoife's dad, John
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Sep 13, 2009|
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