I’m getting married to my first cousin — he has 73 best men

An Irish traveller has revealed that she is marrying her cousin, and so they have a minimum of 73 best men to witness the union.

Chantelle Kielly, 18, who lives in Rathkeale, is marrying her first cousin Jim in a ceremony that the entire city is invited to.

Traditionally traveller households from the city spend ten months of the year travelling earlier than returning in December for marriage ceremony season the place there could be up to ten ceremonies every week.

Chantelle and Jim’s is one in all them with the bride’s household securing the engagement by paying the groom’s household a dowry which ranges between $54,000- $129,000.

(*73*) is at present completely authorized to marry your cousin within the UK and Ireland nonetheless there’s a large matter of rivalry surrounding the morality.

But marrying a cousin is commonplace amongst traveller communities and Chantelle and Jim wished to rejoice with a ceremony that the city would always remember.

Chantelle wore a dress designed by traveller favorite Thelma Madine adorned with a minimum of 20,000 crystals.

The bride opted for a minimum of seven bridesmaids however it was groom Jim that basically went all out with 73 best men.

Chantelle's cousin Jim had 73 best men at their wedding.
Chantelle’s cousin Jim had 73 best men at their marriage ceremony.
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The entire town of Rathkeale was invited to the wedding.
The whole city of Rathkeale was invited to the marriage.
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The couple, who featured on Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, then celebrated with a celebration the entire city was invited to, celebrating by reducing the bespoke Barbie cake.

Reflecting on the marriage Thelma stated: “They are very nice folks, the ladies are very respectable We at all times say the Irish travellers are like going again 50 years however the Rathkeale women are like going again 100 years.

“They’re all family and I think that’s how they keep the wealth in Rathkeale because they just don’t let it go out.”

This story initially appeared on The Sun and was reproduced right here with permission.

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