It's Reigning Men! Gay Couples Race to Be First to Tie the Knot

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It's Reigning Men! Gay Couples Race to Be First to Tie the Knot


Byline: Kevin Keane, Brian Hutton and Paddy Clancy

IF the race for marriage equality felt like a marathon for Ireland's gay community, yesterday was the sprint.

Six months on from the historic vote, gay couples yesterday vied to be Ireland's first to tie the knot after legislation came into effect.

And that honour went to barrister Cormac Gollogly, 35, from Terenure in Dublin, and banker Richard Dowling, 35, from Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

They signed the register on a hospital trolley in the waiting area of Clonmel Community Care Centre, Co. Tipperary at 8.30am.

The partners of 12 years were already in a civil partnership, which they described as 'really our wedding day', which they celebrated with friends and family at Kilshane House on September 18. Under the Marriage Act 2015, couples already in a civil partnership can apply to be married within five days and so the couple returned to Tipperary to exchange their new vows and seal their full marriage.

Mr Dowling said: 'We wanted to try and get in the history books and be first across the line.' Registrar Mary-Claire Heffernan confirmed Mr Gollogly and Mr Dowling had won the race to be Ireland's first gay couple to marry.

The couple got engaged after Mr Dowling proposed on a beach in Sitges, Spain, two years ago. …

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