Friday 28 April 2017

'Being married feels more secure and more real'

Aoife Doyle and Niamh Herrity at their Pink Kong Studios on Sheriff Street. Photo: Colin O’Riordan.
Aoife Doyle and Niamh Herrity at their Pink Kong Studios on Sheriff Street. Photo: Colin O’Riordan.
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

It's been almost two years of wedded bliss for one of Ireland's first same-sex married couples.

Niamh Herrity (33), from Killiney, south Dublin, and her wife Aoife Doyle (36), from Walkinstown, had a fairytale wedding at the luxurious Ballymagarvey House in Co Meath on December 17, 2015.

And they have never looked back.

"It's going great," Niamh said of her marriage to her life and business partner - they jointly own Pink Kong animation studios.

The couple lived together for a few years before they tied the knot following the historic gay marriage referendum in May 2015.

But being actually married rather than just living together is a big deal for them, according to Niamh.

"The day-to-day stuff is really no different," she told the Irish Independent.

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The couple on their wedding day
The couple on their wedding day

"But being married feels more secure and more real.

"It's not very different than beforehand but it's really nice to solidify it."

And there was something special about being able to call Aoife her wife instead of just a partner, she added.

And to their delight, the couple have not experienced any prejudice or raised eyebrows if they are openly affectionate in public. This prompted them to spend their honeymoon in New York and Florida so they could be like any other couple on honeymoon.

"I'm aware though that there's still work to be done and kids are getting bullied," she said. "But personally I haven't encountered it."

Irish Independent

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