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Business is booming as couples wed at City Hall

WEDDING bells at Dublin's City Hall will be ringing twice as often if a council proposal is passed.

The historic Dame Street building has proved such a hit with love-struck couples that availability for marriage ceremonies is set to be increased.

City Hall held 12 civil weddings in the ornate Rotunda between July and December last year -- and demand is on the rise.

Council officials have reported that 28 weddings have already been provisionally booked for 2010, with 20 confirmed.


"There has been a lot of positive feedback from couples who have been married in City Hall and the number of enquiries being received is increasing," a local authority report stated.

However, as things stand, civil marriages can only take place in the building on Fridays as this was considered to be the day that would have the least impact on council business in City Hall.

The report said: "Restriction to Friday only is proving to be problematic to couples who have to secure availability of a registrar at the same time and date and it appears from enquiries received that Thursdays would prove equally popular."

The council is now recommending City Hall also be made available on Thursdays, where possible.

The proposal to extend the availability is due to go before the council's arts and leisure committee this week. It will then be forwarded to the protocol committee before formal ratification will take place.

Politicians previously drew the line at offering the council chamber as a venue, as only elected councillors and officials are allowed to speak there.

Labour's Michael Conaghan said: "I think City Hall is magnificent. It's a classic piece of architecture. It's the kind of setting for occasions like weddings. It has a bit of grandeur, it has a bit of class, it has a bit of style about it. I think that's what people are looking for."