Minister Hayes announces details of seven OPW sites approved as civil ceremony venues

Mr. Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) today (21 March 2014) detailed which OPW heritage sites have so far been  approved as venues for use by couples intending to get married in Civil Ceremonies.

"We have some wonderful historic sites within the care of the OPW", Minister Hayes stated. "On St. Valentine's Day, I announced that we would be looking at the possibility of inviting couples to use one of these venues for their happy day".

Minister Hayes continued: "I am pleased to announce that at this stage, seven venues have now been approved by the HSE. They are:

"These are wonderful and iconic sites that are familiar to many of us and are a key part of our cultural heritage. There are many places in our portfolio apart from the obvious ones - unique venues which would certainly add to the occasion for couples on their special day. We are very interested in opening up these sites to more visitors and a greater variety of uses and while this is the initial list, I would welcome suggestions from members of the public".

Minister Hayes also said that he was happy to note that a number of other venues are also being examined by the HSE, including:

  • Dublin Castle, Dublin;
  • Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin;
  • Dungarvan Castle, Waterford;
  • Charlesfort, Kinsale, Co. Cork;
  • The Mainguard in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary;
  • Ormonde Castle, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary;
  • The Swiss Cottage, Cahir, Co. Tipperary;
  • The Corlea Centre, Kenagh, Longford;
  • Emo Court, Emo, Co. Laois.


For further information or if you wish to interview Minister Brian Hayes, please contact Colette Davis, OPW Press Officer at 046 942 6128 or 087 947 5552 or

Notes to Editors:

  • Couples intending to hold a Civil Ceremony in the near future and who are interested in doing so at an OPW managed site should email and state the site that they are interested in using for a Civil Ceremony.
  • The OPW will respond to these requests and will inform couples of the availability for the site in question and the conditions that would apply for any Civil Ceremony permitted there.
  • In all cases, permission to use a site for a Civil Ceremony relates to the GRO Ceremony event only and catering or reception facilities are not being made available as part of this initiative.
  • In many cases, sites will be simultaneously open to the public and the ceremonies will have to be balanced with the need to maintain access for other visitors.