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Ireland AM star and partner of 18 years to say 'I do' at gala party

IRELAND AM's Alan Hughes will sign the papers with his long-term love Karl Broderick this Friday in one of the most high-profile events since civil partnerships were legalised in Ireland.

Last April the TV presenter got engaged to his partner of 18 years, after songwriter Karl popped the question at their Malahide home.

The ceremony will take place in the Unitarian Church on St Stephen's Green and will be followed by a party in the Mansion House. The 250 guests will include singer Brian Kennedy, stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick and a throng of TV3 stars.

As the Family Fortunes presenter explains: "We wanted to have a big party over two days for all our family and friends, so we'll be staying at the Morgan Hotel and carrying on the celebrations there. After the wedding, we will be going on honeymoon for two weeks to San Francisco and Los Angeles."

Speaking about the union, Hughes said: "When we first got together, being gay was against the law. It's mind-boggling to think being with the person you love was actually breaking the law -- so this wedding is important for a lot of people. Coming out is a difficult decision for some people to make. But you'll be glad you had the courage once you do it. I just know after 18 years that Karl is my soulmate and we are cosily, creatively compatible together."

Earlier this year, RTE newscaster Michael Murphy wed his male partner of 26 years in a civil ceremony.

Sunday Independent