First Civil Partnership celebrated in Leitrim

TUESDAY, April 19, marked a very special occasion for one couple with the celebration of Co Leitrim’s first Civil Partnership. Kieran Doyle, a native of Drumshanbo married long term partner John Gray in a private ceremony in Carrick-on-Shannon.

TUESDAY, April 19, marked a very special occasion for one couple with the celebration of Co Leitrim’s first Civil Partnership. Kieran Doyle, a native of Drumshanbo married long term partner John Gray in a private ceremony in Carrick-on-Shannon.

TUESDAY, April 19, marked a very special occasion for one couple with the celebration of Co Leitrim’s first Civil Partnership. Kieran Doyle, a native of Drumshanbo married long term partner John Gray in a private ceremony in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The celebrations formalised a relationship which has lasted over 25 years and although they opted to have just two friends to witness the ceremony, both are planning a special reception to be held in their home later this year for family and friends.

The happy couple met in 1986 in Dublin when Kieran worked for ESB and John for Eircom. Speaking with the Leitrim Observer prior to the ceremony they said that it was a relief to be finally able to legally formalise recognition for their relationship.

“I don’t think people understand that before this Civil Partnership Bill, even though we have been together for such a long time, we didn’t have the same legal rights as other couples,” points out John.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.