Press Release
5th November 2010

Ward welcomes facilities for civil marriage at County Hall

Historic ‘Assembly Hall’ now open to all, for civil marriage ceremonies

Councillor Barry Ward has welcomed the opening of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s historic Assembly Hall to everyone as a venue for civil marriages.

“Dún Laoghaire Town Hall is a wonderful community asset that is not used enough,” said Councillor Ward, “and it is really great to see it being made available to everyone. I would encourage anyone who is looking for a civil wedding venue, to have a look at the Assembly Hall – it is a beautiful room in a central and historic building.

“The first civil marriage took place in the Assembly Hall in September, and I hope these happy occasions become a regular feature in the coming years.

“These occasions put County Hall, which is now so seldom used for public functions, back at the centre of the community and I would encourage the Council to make the Assembly Hall available for other kinds of appropriate events.”

Note for Editors

The Town Hall was originally constructed between 1878 and 1880, and was one of the last public buildings to be built in Dún Laoghaire in the 19th Century. The Assembly Hall is located on the 1st floor and features bespoke timber wall panelling, vaulted ceilings, decorative plaster work and cornices, and solid oak floors, all of which were extensively renovated recently.

A flat charge of €500 currently applies to book the Assembly Hall for a civil ceremony. This charge includes the provision of furniture (chairs, tables, etc.), a private room for the registrar and the use of a public address system. Ceremonies must be arranged for before 3.30pm and the maximum attendance is 100. Wedding receptions cannot be held in the Town Hall.

Bookings can be made by contacting the Facilities Management Section in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on (01) 205-4700 (ext. 4020/4086/4016).

Pictures are attached and available by going to: www.dlrcoco.ie/gp/Civil_Marriages.htm
Information on civil ceremony procedures can be obtained by following this link: www.hse.ie/eng/services/Find_a_Service/bdm/Getting_Married_in_Ireland/

ENDS.

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