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Ireland's first same sex marriage takes place in Tipperary

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Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, October 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland.   REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, October 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, kiss after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, October 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland.   REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, kiss after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, October 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, October 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

THis couple made history today after becoming Ireland’s first same-sex marriage.

Cormac Gollogly (35) from Terenure, Dublin, and Richard Dowling (35) from Athlone, raced to the registry office in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, this morning.

The Dubliner said that getting hitched at 8.30am was particularly “special”.

“It feels really great, we feel privileged to be the first and it has made it extra special,” Mr Gollogly told the Herald. “It is just a whirlwind of excitement.”

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 17:  The first ever same sex marriage in Ireland takes place between Richard Dowling (L) and Cormac Gollogly (R) in Clonmel on November 17, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. Irish officialdom began recognising same sex marriage on Monday, following passage of the Marriage Act 2015 which was a result of the referendum on same sex marriage held earlier this year. This morning's ceremony took place in a small waiting room outside the registrar office at Clonmel Community Care Centre to ensure that this was the first same sex marriage.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 17: The first ever same sex marriage in Ireland takes place between Richard Dowling (L) and Cormac Gollogly (R) in Clonmel on November 17, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. Irish officialdom began recognising same sex marriage on Monday, following passage of the Marriage Act 2015 which was a result of the referendum on same sex marriage held earlier this year. This morning's ceremony took place in a small waiting room outside the registrar office at Clonmel Community Care Centre to ensure that this was the first same sex marriage. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 17: The first ever same sex marriage in Ireland takes place between Richard Dowling (L) and Cormac Gollogly (R) in Clonmel on November 17, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. Irish officialdom began recognising same sex marriage on Monday, following passage of the Marriage Act 2015 which was a result of the referendum on same sex marriage held earlier this year. This morning's ceremony took place in a small waiting room outside the registrar office at Clonmel Community Care Centre to ensure that this was the first same sex marriage. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The couple had a “big shebang” at a civil partnership on September 18 in Kilshane House, Co Tipperary, so kept it low-key this time round.

“Almost exactly two months later we are bringing to fruition what we had already planned for September,” Mr Gollogly said.

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REFILING CORRECTING DATE Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, are married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, November 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland.  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

REFILING CORRECTING DATE Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, are married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, November 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

REFILING CORRECTING DATE Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, are married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, November 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

“We had been engaged a few years and said we needed to press on, we couldn’t wait any longer.

“Once we booked it, the referendum was passed.

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Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, October 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland.  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, October 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, smile after being married by registrar Mary Claire Heffernan (not shown) in the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary, October 17, 2015. Dowlin and Gollogly are the first gay couple to marry in Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

“We didn’t know then whether it was going to pass or not but the campaign was really well run. We had friends coming home from London and Australia to vote who had never voted before.”

He recalled when they met in The George in Dublin’s city centre 12 years ago.

“Our eyes met across the room and a friend who was with me asked what guy I was interested in, and I pointed at Richard and he caught me,” he said.

“Tips to a long relationship is the million dollar question but we love each other first and foremost.

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“We have great family, my dad loved Richard and when he passed away in September 2013, Richard was with me at his deathbed.”

Mary-Claire Heffernan, senior registrar for South Tipperary – who was also the solemniser at their civil partnership – said it was an honour to be involved in the historic day.

“We were out at 8.30am so they could be the first married, there was great excitement,” she said. “They contacted me during the week and said they would really like to be the first.”


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