If you could get married at any location in Ireland, where would it be? Newgrange? The Rock of Cashel?
Dream weddings held at beautiful historical sites such as these may soon become a reality.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is currently in negotiations with the Health Service Executive (HSE) about opening up such place as Desmond Hall in Newcastlewest, County Limerick and the Main Guard in Clonmel, County Tipperary as venues for civil ceremonies, TheJournal.ie reports.
There are regulations regarding the suitability of locations as venues civil wedding ceremonies and it is up to the HSE to give permission. Although negotiations are in place, the OPW has stated that not all sites will get the go-ahead for weddings. Approval for OPW sites will only be for the ceremony itself and not the reception afterwards.
A number of ceremonies have already taken place at sites such as Castletown House in County Kildare and the Casino at Marino in Dublin, and the OPW is looking to increase the number of its sites that are available for weddings.
Two OPW sites – Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel – would be a wedding venue dream come true for some intending couples. Historic sites such as these boasted more than 4.2 million visitors in 2013, said Minister of State Brian Hayes last week.
“These are just two of our wonderful and iconic sites that are a key part of our cultural heritage. There are many other sites in our portfolio apart from the obvious ones – hidden gems if you will – and we are very interested in bringing people to these places and opening them up to more visitors and a greater variety of uses. To this end, I have long felt that there is a great potential in some of our heritage sites to become venues for Civil Ceremonies,” he said.
He said he hoped to “formally announce more of these approved locations shortly, so that couples intending to hold Civil Ceremonies can avail of some of Ireland’s most beautiful and atmospheric places for their big day.”
Other OPW sites include Kilkenny Castle; Ross Castle in in County Kerry, the Hill of Tara, and many more.
An OPW spokesperson said that couples interested in getting married at a certain site should contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org about possibly holding a ceremony at the location, but decision are made on a “case by case basis.”