Radio star Michael Murphy and his partner of 26 years to tie the knot
THE broadcaster Michael Murphy will marry his male partner of 26 years in a civil ceremony next week.
The 62-year-old will marry Terry O'Sullivan on Tuesday and a number of RTE stars are expected to attend a reception afterwards.
"Myself and Terry decided to get married for practical considerations, so the other person is legally recognised, so we are taxed together and for our wills -- for all those sorts of considerations," Mr Murphy said.
"Something will click into place. Myself and Terry have lived together for 26 years, that is a reality.
"Now formally, the State is recognising that we have rights. Being gay is a legal way of being in this country and it is very important for us to undergo these vows."
The couple originally had no plans to hold a reception but "it grew legs" and now many of their friends from inside and outside RTE, including Eileen Dunne and Colm Murray, will share in their day.
"The guestlist is sorted. Now all we need are the flowers for the tables," Mr Murphy joked
One of the most popular voices on radio, the Mayoman combines his RTE work with practising in Dublin as a psychoanalyst.
He has lectured in psychoanalysis at St Vincent's University Hospital and University College Dublin.
In 2009, he won praise for his autobiography 'At Five in the Afternoon: My battle with male cancer'.