Joy reigns at Costello Memorial Chapel - Ireland’s ‘Taj Mahal’

Built as a memorial to his beloved wife by Edward Costello in 1879, the Costello Memorial Chapel in Carrick-on-Shannon was a celebration of life in mid April when it was used for the first time since Edward’s death in 1897 and interment alongside his wife Mary Josephine for a 20th Wedding Anniversary Marriage Vows Renewal Ceremony for a visiting Canadian couple.

Built as a memorial to his beloved wife by Edward Costello in 1879, the Costello Memorial Chapel in Carrick-on-Shannon was a celebration of life in mid April when it was used for the first time since Edward’s death in 1897 and interment alongside his wife Mary Josephine for a 20th Wedding Anniversary Marriage Vows Renewal Ceremony for a visiting Canadian couple.

Built as a memorial to his beloved wife by Edward Costello in 1879, the Costello Memorial Chapel in Carrick-on-Shannon was a celebration of life in mid April when it was used for the first time since Edward’s death in 1897 and interment alongside his wife Mary Josephine for a 20th Wedding Anniversary Marriage Vows Renewal Ceremony for a visiting Canadian couple.

MaryLee and Nick Konyi from the Toronto area exchanged renewal vows 20 years to the day and to the hour at the tiny chapel on their first (but hopefully not the last) visit to Ireland.

Living close to the smallest chapel in Canada at Niagara-on-the-Lake, they discovered the Costello Chapel while surfing the ‘net on things to do in Ireland.

It was always MaryLee’s mother’s ambition to visit Ireland before she died but sadly she was unable to fulfil that wish, and MaryLee seized her opportunity to combine both her 20th Anniversary and her mother’s wish in a brief holiday in Ireland.

The couple was very pleased with the ceremony and that the Irish weather cooperated! Both MaryLee and Nick expressed their appreciation for the friendliness and helpfulness of Irish people and made another vow -- to return to Ireland for a longer visit.

The ceremony of exchanging marriage renewal vows was written and officiated at by Rev. Noel Mills of The Rivers Group, which also provided lovely background music and a rendition of ‘Danny Boy’ at the couple’s request.

A nice group of well-wishers had gathered outside the chapel, and applauded the couple. Local businesses were used to enhance the ceremony - C.E. Scheme workers cleaned the chapel and painted the wrought iron gates in advance, and Carrick Cabs provided a vintage Rolls Royce to transport the couple to and from Lough Rynn Castle Hotel as well as a thoughtful touch of a champagne toast following the ceremony. Norma Duignan’s Wedding Flowers were carried by MaryLee and decorated the chapel’s altar, while Brian Duignan did a video for the couple to take back to Canada with them.

All in all, it was a wonderful use of the well-known Costello Memorial Chapel, and a great boost for Leitrim Tourism.

The Costello Chapel is the smallest chapel in Ireland and reputedly the second smallest in the world.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.