Tuesday 28 January 2020

Only too happy to be railroaded into marriage

Shane Hickey

IT was one train they simply could not miss.

A committed green couple yesterday made sure they got to their wedding on time -- and saved on their carbon footprint -- by taking a DART to the ceremony.

Josephine McDonnell, originally from Blackrock in Dublin, and Jim Sheer, from Australia, were joined by family and friends.

They left Dun Laoghaire station just before 10am in a specially decorated carriage.

The pair, who met in Vietnam in August 2004, travelled to Grand Canal Dock, where they walked to the nearby registry office to seal their commitment.

With them were daughters Matilda (2) and Roisin (11 months), and members of Jim's family -- who travelled from Adelaide for the big day.

The decision to ignore the convention of taking a car to the ceremony came naturally.

"We are gentle greenies and when we decided we were going to get married in the registry office, the easiest and most sensible thing to do was to get the train. The car option was such a bad idea," said Josephine.

Jim, who works for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, said you have to "practise what you preach".

"We didn't think of any other options. We are lucky enough to live near the train station and there was one near to the registry office at the other end so it seemed to make sense," he said.

After the registry office ceremony, attended by 32 guests, the party got back on the DART with their return tickets and went to Dun Laoghaire Yacht Club for their reception.

They have also opted to save on their carbon footprint by going the short distance to Powerscourt, Co Wicklow for their three-day honeymoon.

An Iarnrod Eireann spokesperson said this was their first wedding party on the city's famous light-rail line, but they are looking at offering the service in future.

Irish Independent

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