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Limerick Hosts Ireland’s First Gay Wedding Fair

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Ireland Gay Wedding FairDAVID NALLY and Neil Ashe got more than they bargained for at the country’s first first gay wedding/civil partnership fair – they were asked to take part in a mock civil ceremony to show how the service is performed.

The couple, who plan to say “I do” at a civil ceremony in Co Laois, were more than happy to take part in a trial run at the fair in the Absolute Hotel, Limerick. “It was great fun and it was nice to practise the ceremony for when the real thing happens,” said Nally (28), from Athlone.

“The minister showed us how to plan the ceremony, and we had a good chat about whether we were religious and all that too. We know how to say ‘I do’ now. It’s good to see something like this happening. It’s kind of a sign that things have changed and hopefully there will be more and more events like it that are geared towards a wedding that is not so traditional.

Full Story from the Irish Times

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Limerick, Ireland to Host First Gay Wedding Fair Tomorrow

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Limerick, Ireland Gay Wedding FairThe first-ever Gay Wedding/Civil Partnership Fair in Ireland will be held in Limerick this weekend.

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.

Gay Marriage Events Today/Tomorrow

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

(Full Events List & Details:

–Ireland, Limerick: 09/11, Marriage Equality and LGBT Noise at Pride, TBD, TBD.
–USA, CA, Beverly Hills: 09/12, LA Equal Roots Meeting, 8106 Santa Monica Blvd, 7:30-9:30 PM.
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 09/11, Equality Happy Hour, Hamburger Mary’s, 4-7 PM.
–USA, MA, Boston: 09

Gay Marriage Events Today/Tomorrow

Friday, September 10th, 2010

(Full Events List & Details:

–Ireland, Limerick: 09/11, Marriage Equality and LGBT Noise at Pride, TBD, TBD.
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 09/11, Equality Happy Hour, Hamburger Mary’s, 4-7 PM.
–USA, GA, Savannah: 09/10, Queer Power March, Johnson Square, 6 PM.
–USA, MA, Boston: 09/10, Phone Bank for Equality, Mass Equality Office, 5-9 PM.
–USA, MA, Boston: 09/11, Phone Bank for Equality, Mass Equality Office, 10 AM-4 PM.