By Hannah-louise Dunne
Wag at the wedding: Coleen Rooney with her husband Wayne's cousin Claire, left, and similing broadly, right, at the wedding of John O'Shea and Yvonne Manning
She may have been banned from the World Cup - but Coleen Rooney is determined to have fun while husband Wayne is in South Africa.
The ''wag of honour' was pictured smiling broadly as she attended the wedding of Wayne's team-mate John O'Shea in Ireland yesterday.
The 29-year-old Manchester United and Ireland defender married Yvonne Manning, 27, in the small surrounds of the Lady Chapel in Maynooth, County Kildare.
A low-key couple, the duo steered clear of signing on the dotted line for a glossy magazine deal for their wedding - and instead opted to enjoy a small, tasteful ceremony with their friends and family.
But given the nature of the occasion, familiar faces were ten-a-penny.
Coleen, who attended with Wayne's cousin, Claire, lent a dash of glamour to the occasion when she arrived in a flowing purple maxi-dress, matched with a pair of eye-catching statement earrings.
And Coleen’s presence at the nuptials was a fitting one, as whispers of the duo’s wedding began when Yvonne beat off stiff competition from her fellow guests on the day, to catch the bouquet at the Rooney’s glitzy wedding in Italy in 2008.
Along with Coleen, the world of football was well-represented with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ireland player, Kevin Doyle and Manchester United’s Wes Brown – wearing an ill-judged striped suit - and Darron Gibson also in attendance.
While the defender’s Republic of Ireland team-mates Stephen Hunt, Andy Keogh and Daryl Murphy were also on hand to cheer on the happy couple, along with former Republic of Ireland footballer, Kevin Moran.
Wedded bliss: John O'Shea, 29, with new wife Yvonne Manning, 27. Yvonne caught the bouquet at Coleen's wedding to Wayne two years ago
The long-term partner of the defender, Yvonne arrived at the church promptly yesterday afternoon, before the 2pm start time.
And the petite brunette looked every inch the blushing bride, in a demure, sleeveless white wedding-gown.
A stalwart source of support for the footballer over the years, one on-looker said that the bride looked ‘nervous but happy’ as she arrived at the church.
And the duo were happy to share their glad tidings with on-lookers after the ceremony, as they took time to pose for the waiting photographers before heading back to their lavish wedding reception at the exclusive Carton House Hotel.
Regarded as one of the most talented footballers to emerge from Ireland in the last decade, the defender has shied from the spotlight over the years.
But in 2008, he spoke of his years of enduring taunts from fans of rival football teams about his sexuality.
Speaking in an interview at the time, he said, ‘I’ve been gay for about five years, according to them. The Man City fans think I’m gay.’
‘It’s ridiculous,’ he added, ‘it’s just a bit of banter really.’
‘I just brush it off. It doesn't annoy me. I'm always ready for the sing-song when we play City.’
Glamorous guests: Coleen with Manchester United player Wes Brown, right, and his wife Leanne. Wayne Rooney is in South Africa preparing for the World Cup
Originally from Waterford, the duo now live in Cheshire – with Yvonne making the move to be close to the footballer a number of years ago.
Seldom spotted on the high-profile social scene, which surrounds the premiere league footballers, Yvonne made a rare public appearance in join in the rowdy celebrations after Manchester United scored their European Cup victory over Chelsea in Moscow a number of years ago.
Engaged since 2008, the footballer said at the time, ‘My girlfriend has always been there for me. It is a fantastic feeling.’
The duo are expected to enjoy a honeymoon in the sun, before the footballer has to report back to Old Trafford for pre-season training.
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