The secret gallery’s blog

Maybe the first secret gallery in Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland


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Thank you for having a look here at

James Slevin and Marianne Potterton´s  Wedding page!

We are sending out invitations but here is a little extra information, so if the invitation leaves you feeling a bit confused about what to do and all the other things that you need to know for such an occasion we hope that this will help. James and I are really hoping that you can make it to our Special day. Sorry that it is on a Friday and not a Saturday when most people could get away who are working. If you can get here even late on Friday after work that would be great.

Yes it is a Fancy Dress!

We want people to dress up as kind people from history (it is kind of interesting how people remember the nasty ones more). This was James idea but I think it is wonderful! I will give a prize of a piece of art to the winner. Not to worry about when we go to the opening in the gallery, the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon are expecting lots of people in fancy dress! If I was not the bride I wonder who I would dress up as? maybe Gandhi or Florence Nightengale!

We hope to be in our garden for most of the day so wear/bring something warm and an umbrella just in case! If you are coming in a car and have any handy folding chairs or deck chairs that would be great. We don’t want to put you off coming or anything, but it is best to be a little prepared!

The Day will start with James’ Birthday Breakfast at 11.30, a big cake and glass or two of guiness, I have never met anyone who enjoys Birthdays as much as James so this will be fun!  Then those that are camping can pitch their tents, others may escape for a little while to prepare for the rest of the days festivities! The Wedding ceremony will take place at 3.30. It will but held in the garden. Straight after the ceremony will be the smaller of the two feasts in the garden, if the weather is good otherwise we shall squeeze into the house !

There was be bus to take people to the opening of “Merging 3” an exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and works in Ink on Japanese ply, by Marianne and two other artists (more information about this on my blog). Then the bus will take people back for the second part of the wedding feast to enjoy Fire pit food, music and dancing until sunrise. There will be taxis available to take people back to their accommodation.

There is plenty of room for tents in the garden and we have 4 loos so don’t worry!

Any problems just let us know


Ok, if you are coming from somewhere in Ireland our full address is “The Secret Gallery, Luogh North, Doolin, Co. Clare.

Here is a link to google maps for driving directions:,-9.239502&sspn=1.833987,4.751587&ie=UTF8&ll=53.725967,-9.151611&spn=1.755069,4.751587&z=8

Now, if you are coming via England try and catch the following flights:

Ryanair Flight FR 109 on Thu, 13 Aug, 18:15 Depart Stansted and 19:35 Arrive in Shannon.

We will be picking people up by coach from the plane and bringing everyone into Doolin to drop off where they are staying. We will then be dropping people back to shannon by coach to catch the:

Ryanair Flight FR 108 on Sat, 15 Aug, 21:25 Depart Shannon and 22:45 Arrive back in Stansted.

But if you cant make those flights or your coming from somewhere else:

if your on a different flight but coming into shannon on the the 13th hang around till 8pm and catch the coach we will be hiring with everyone else

  1. If your taking a taxi its between 80-90euros from Shannon airport to Doolin (ouch)
  2. If your taking the bus from Shannon airport use to get from “Shannon Airport to Ennis” and then “Ennis to Doolin” can take a bit of time, but cheap as chips.
  3. If your walking from Shannon airport its about 58.5 km and takes about 12 and half hours, not including time to have a few pints on the way.

Here is a google map of the walking route:,-9.12661&sspn=0.468508,1.187897&ie=UTF8&ll=52.855864,-9.125519&spn=0.468508,1.187897&z=10


Make sure if you are not driving that wherever you stay is really “in” Doolin or in one of the following places that you can easily walk from to make it easy to pick everyone up Hotels and B&B´s Not that many “hotels” around here more a case of lots of b&b´s. Most of them are in the village of Doolin, about a 10 euro taxi ride from where we are getting married or you can walk it in about 30 to 40 minutes (very nice stroll with great views) Here is a link to google again with a pretty extensive list of the accomodation in Doolin:

This is a list of the ones that are closest, first in the list is the closest last the furthest:

  1. Bay view b&b tel: 00353 65 70 74325
  2. Doonagore farmhouse tel: 00353 65 70 74170
  3. Castle view farmhouse tel: 00353 65 70 74289
  4. Sea view house tel: 00353 65 70 74826
  5. Doolin Hostel tel: 00353 65 70 74421
  6. St Anthony´s tel: 00353 65 70 74357
  7. Pairc lodge b&b tel: 00353 65 70 74752
  8. Daly´s house tel: 00353 65 70 74242 (baby sitting available)

Prices range from 30 to 100 euros per person hunt around for a good bargain and call to see if they can put extra mattresses down to squeeze more of you into a smaller room. Remember that Ireland has the best breakfasts so find out if they are included in the price (normally yes in B&B´s and no in Hotels).

Hostels, great hostels in Doolin and around try or They range from 15euro per person in 6 bed dorms to 30euro ish in private rooms. They are all nice and you can take advantage of the bigger rooms if you have a big family and it works out much cheaper than a b&b. Camping We have a garden with room for about 10 tents, feel free to bring your tent and stay close to the action as this maybe the smartest idea, if you dont mind singing.

Peace and Love, Marianne and James xxx

Telephone or text us on +353 (0)8798 11176

Written by Marianne Slevin

14 June, 2009 at 11:40 am

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  1. Hi lovely cheery people!! Thanks so much for the exceptionally cool invite! I feel priveliged to be able to look forward to such a FANTASTIC and exciting occasion. It all sounds spectacular and I am buzzing with anticipation, so are the kids.

    Guess what… Andy has agreed (or rather ‘suggested’ that we sleep in the tent in your garden…. Well, there’s a turn up 4 da books!! Chat soon. Love to all of u, XX


    18 June, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    • hi there lads and ladies hope we have a great celebration at yer wedding.looking foward to it.dressing up as robin hood got to nick some dosh from the rich and give it to james.thanks for the invite.cormac and caroline slevin

      cormac slevin

      12 August, 2009 at 3:55 pm

  2. Ok guys you get a prize for the first people to comment here. Your grand prize is… Ta da… Wait for it… First dibs on a flat bit of the garden 😉

    Marianne Potterton

    18 June, 2009 at 5:00 pm

  3. hi guys!

    10 outa 10 for imaginative invitation…will be keeping my RSVP if you please, its getting a frame and going on my wall!

    just so you know though include me in all the festivities, and im a meat/big/normal eater.

    look forward to all of it, love and hugs, debauchery, dressing up as mother theresa (or is that one taken?), maybe ghandi then, or if i come as princess diana i can wear a hat…was she kind?

    cant wait to see you all!!!!
    lots of love,
    rima xxx
    p.s. do i get a runner-up prize….? spin on the bike perhaps 🙂


    19 June, 2009 at 12:05 am

    • and the runner up prize goes to … You! you win a 3 min speed race on the (back) of the bike 0 to 60 in fancy dress 😉

      Marianne Potterton

      19 June, 2009 at 1:02 am

  4. Thank you for lovely invite. We will be replying by post (after i’ve photocopied it) but wanted to leave a reply here too. Can’t wait to see you all, especially as i haven’t seen James since he was 16!!!!! See you in August – we are driving/ferry, not too keen on planes for various reasons – much love, Jackie and Mick xxxx

    Jackie and Mick

    21 June, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    • Hi Jackie and Mick,
      Have just told James and he is over the moon, and cant wait to see you. Hope the sea treats you well.

      Marianne Potterton

      27 June, 2009 at 7:44 am

      • Hi there, hope you will forgive us for not sending the reply back – kept meaning to but somehow didn’t get round to it. Just stting here making plans and very much looking forward to the celebrations. Mick is deciding which of his SIXTEEN guitars to bring (i fear he has become obsessive!) and hoping it’s ok to do so? See you on the 14th, much love Jackie and Mick xx

        Jackie and Mick

        7 August, 2009 at 11:56 am

      • Hi Jackie and Mick no worries about the reply as we seem to have had more photocopy´s back than original rsvp´s as it is 🙂 I am really excited your coming and hope Mick brings more than one geetaaar to join in with the rest of the gang. Have you got a place to stay or are you pitching a tent with the others? I think we have one tent free here if you need it, let me know. Lots and lots of love, James

        Marianne Potterton

        7 August, 2009 at 12:55 pm

      • Hiya, we have got a b&b as we fancied taking it easy, although we do have a tent we could have brought, thanks for offer though. Mick says shall he bring an electric as well as accoustic? Been to sort our fancy dress today and if we’re honest, we just wanted to get going today and bugger waiting til Thursday!!! Still, i must learn patience! See you Friday, love and hugs,
        J and M xx

        Jackie and Mick

        8 August, 2009 at 5:04 pm

      • Patience is for Buda, chess players and Casanovas, you do what you want! 😉 your welcome to rock up as early as suits yourselves. As for guitars, the more life the better we say, if he can carry them then he can bring em xxx

        Marianne Potterton

        8 August, 2009 at 7:29 pm

      • If only, work commitments etc x

        Jackie and Mick

        9 August, 2009 at 3:56 pm

      • Hello Marianne and James,

        This time last week the debauchery was only beginning helped on by the rain and mojitos. The drum duet was amazing as was the lamb(cooked to perfection on the spit) Who made the wedding cakes? Lucious.

        Marianne you looked beautiful. Loved the montbretia and dog daisies. So elegant you were too James, also in white. Poppy and Finn made great attendants.

        Thanks for the memorable day. Your paintings Marianne looked so well in that lovely gallery. I love your style, recognise your talent and hope they sell well. Thanks to all who helped and the dressing up was fun.

        Blessing and Ultreya,
        Love Eleanor -Demeter, Godess of the Harvest. May your lader be always full. Hope you will be able to keep the Cornucopia, the symbol of bounty! Sorry the wind spoiled it…


        21 August, 2009 at 11:02 pm

  5. Hi there getting very excited about the wedding, and just a few things to let you know. I f you need it we have 2 rolls of that ivory wedding ribbon that you put on cars etc and it is enough to cover your whole garden. also have 4 folding chairs. and 4 stainless steel food tray about 2 ft by 1 foot if you are doing food and loads of plates etc since the restaurant days. My sister was looking a the invite and she does fire throwing, like fire poys not so much throwing if yoyu know that swirling swinging stuff and would love to go too but if its invite only no worries. Also if you need to bring the kids here for a play day so you can get things done just do1 because i kow how hectic it can be . looking forward to it and anything else you can think of give a shout cos i have a shed full of stuff. Talk soon on the phone or call over!!!

    Emily and Viv`

    26 June, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    • Hi Emily and Viv,
      Yes to everything especially to anything involving fire-throwing! Will call in next few days.

      Marianne Potterton

      27 June, 2009 at 7:47 am

  6. Hi Marianne, thanks a million for the invite – i am sorry to be the first one to put a negative reply on your lovely blog, but i am working the weekend in Mayo, so won’t be able to make it down. We will hopefully be in Clare over the summer though maybe on another weekend, so i would love to call in on you sometime with all the kids – i think all ours are around the same age as yours? ( ours are 5, 2 and a half and 9 months now!)



    Elvira de Eyto

    30 June, 2009 at 10:16 am

    • Hi Elvira,
      Sorry we wont be seeing you at the wedding, but thanks for the comment aand yes it would be great to see you all over the summer, after all these years. Hope you are all well.
      Marianne xxx

      Marianne Potterton

      4 July, 2009 at 8:51 pm

  7. Hi to you both from a very wet Worcester. Great invite ! will be coming down with Michael for the wedding. Will not have the kids with me, but may still eat their portions !!!

    Looking forward to seeing you then. If I wear fancy dress can I have a go on the bike as well please ?!

    Charles Potterton

    24 July, 2009 at 10:34 am

    • Hi Charles,
      Sorry about the slow response, things have been a little hectic! That’s wonderful that you can come to our wedding! We are really looking forward to seeing you. The competition for best fancy dress will take some winning, I hear there will be a great turn out!!! Good luck!

      Marianne Potterton

      26 July, 2009 at 10:12 am

  8. Oh my god i tried on my fancy dress outfit today, wig and all, and the kids didnt know me, let alone my older sister who was falling aaround the place with a camera. i have arranged Friday and Saturday off to (recover) i cant wait, this is more exciting than our wedding, .Have the cd decks ready for off just need some cds of waht you all like… otherwise Vivs taste is Jazz, funk, ben harper, seasick steve etc. I cant wait!!!!And we are both there with the food etc so happy to oblige with serving and cleaning up etc…..I AM SO EXCITED, HAVE SAID TO PEOPLE AT WORK THAT I AM GOING TO A FANCY DRESS WEDDING AND EVERBODY WANTS TO COME TO ‘THE AFTERS’…BRING ON DEBAUCHERY!!!!!!

    Emily and Viv`

    10 August, 2009 at 2:38 am

  9. hi guys,

    how’s things? preparations under way…?
    this time tomorrow we’ll be with you guys, can’t wait!
    a wedding! wahey!!!!

    lotsa love xxx


    12 August, 2009 at 8:00 pm

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