The fair, which organizers promise to be “a spectacular event,” will take place on Sunday afternoon, February 26, at the Absolute Hotel and Spa in Limerick City.
The event is co-organized by Gay Weddings Ireland and Enchanted Occasions, a wedding planning and event management company.
Joanne Hickey, the civil partnership coordinator at the Absolute Hotel and one of the first people in Ireland to have a civil partnership wedding, said there has been a “very positive reaction” to the upcoming event.
The wedding fair will mark the first anniversary of the Civil Partnership Act of 2011.
More than 1,000 people have entered into Civil Partnerships in Ireland since the Civil Partnership Act went into effect.
These figures do not account for the Irish lesbian and gay people who have been married or entered into a civil partnership abroad. These marriages and civil partnerships are automatically recognized in Ireland as Civil Partnerships.
Figures provided by the General Registrars Office in Dublin show that couples of all ages, and people from all counties in Ireland and from 58 countries worldwide (including the United States) entered Civil Partnerships in Ireland in 2011.
“The wedding fair in Limerick will provide advice on every aspect of civil ceremonies/gay weddings,” says Hickey. “As well as offering important pointers on how to make the special day memorable, there will be entertainment throughout the day.”
“Considering New York only hosted its first Gay Wedding Fair this month, the Fair in Limerick is a sign of changing times in Ireland,” says Hickey.
Stephen Johnson is a freelance journalist living in Ireland.