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Meet the Irish gay couple who were the first to marry under new law

Meet the Irish gay couple who were the first to marry under new law

Ireland officially has same-sex marriage, and couples are taking advantage of it all over the country.

Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly, both 35, were the first to receive their marriage certificate, marrying in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

‘We got civil partnered on 18 September and all our family and friends were there, that was really our wedding day,’ Dowling told reporters outside the registry office.

‘This is formalizing the legalities of our marriage. We wanted to try and get in the history books and be first across the line.’

Dowling and Gollogly got engaged in Spain several years ago, but wanted to wait until they could finally be husband and husband. They’ve been together 12 years.

For the wedding, they had a lavish affair with top hats and tails at the beautiful Kilshane House outside Tipperary.

‘I really wanted to thank everyone in the Yes Equality campaign, their hard work really paid off,’ Gollogly said.

‘Our friends were flying home to vote from London and Australia and Richard’s two brothers, who had never voted, both registered to vote.’