Civil Law Requirements

Anybody intending to marry in the Republic Of Ireland must give notice to the registrar for the district in which the marriage is to take place.

Under new requirements for the civil registration of marriages, which come into force on November 5th 2007, a couple must personally give notice of their intention to marry at the registrar’s office three months before the wedding, make a declaration of no impediment, and provide any other information required.

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Dublin Registrar’s office:
The Registrar, Room 1,
Joyce House,
8-11 Lombard St.,
Dublin 2,
Tel. 671 1968, Extn. 21


Church Requirements

Church Law also requires three months notice of your intention to marry. You should contact your own Parish and inform one of the priests of your intention to marry. Make an appointment with him to complete your Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form, which must be done prior to the date of your wedding. You will require the following documents

  • a recent copy of your Babtismal Certificate
  • a Confirmation Certificate
  • Letters of Freedom, which may be obtained from any Parish in which you have lived for six months or more since reaching the age of sixteen.

Pre-Marriage Courses

It is strongly recommended that couples preparing for marriage complete a pre-marriage course. Many different centres now run these courses but for your convenience here are some useful addresses.

39 Harcourt St.,
Dublin 2.,
Tel. 478 0866

(Accord is the Catholic Marriage Advisory Centre for the Diocese and runs pre-marriage courses at a number of centres throughout Dublin)

Mount Argus Pre-Marriage Course
Tel. 296 4257 / 499 2000

All Hallows’ College Pre-Marriage Courses
One-Day Course Sat 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Wed evenings 7.30 pm – 10 pm.
Further Information Tel Gillian 8373745


Liturgy & Music

The priest will advise you on your choice of prayers, readings, marriage rite of consent, etc, as well as your range of options for selecting appropriate music. Most couples choose to prepare their own booklet and a draft of this should be shown to the priest before printing.

In Knocklyon, you are welcome to have your own organist/singer/musicians. One or other of our local Church musicians/singers may be available (contact details available from the Presbytery):

Eoin Garrett (Organist),
Ruth kelly (Organist, guitar, singer)
Joe Kelly (Leader – Folk Group)

A rehearsal for your Wedding Ceremony, to take place, a day or two before the Wedding, should be arranged with the priest.



You are welcome to make your own arrangements for flowers for your wedding. You will need to consult Phil Helly, Tel. 494 5534, who takes charge of flower arranging in our Church, before finalising these arrangements re position, type of containers, etc.

We hope these notes have helped you. Please do not hesitate to contact the Presbytery, if you need further information

Tel. 4941204 Email:

We wish you every happiness on your Wedding Day and in the future.