While Civil ceremonies are all the rage and a wealth of amazing venues are on offer for these, there are many who still prefer the tradition of a church wedding. Having attended many weddings as a guest and as a planner the following are my favourite in terms of their beauty and location.
1. The Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar Road, Dublin 6. (Roman Catholic)
Completely unassuming from the outside & one I have passed many times over the years, having lived beside it once while in College but had never been inside. Recently I had the pleasure of attending a friends wedding there and was really impressed by the scale & beauty of its interior. It actually reminds me of a small church in Rome near the basilica of Di Santa Maria Maggiore.
2 Ballintubber Abbey, Co. Mayo (RC)
Ok, this one is on everyone’s list but for a reason, and not only because it is where Pierce Brosnan got married! It is a spectacular setting for any event and is celebrating it’s 800 years in 2016. Hailed as one of the most magical wedding venues in the country and not a long distance to Westport and the wonderful Westport House.
3. Ballynahinch Church, Recess, Clifden, Co. Galway (RC)
I have a particular fondness & bias towards Galway & Connemara having spent most of my childhood summers in Carraroe. Further up the coast is the spectacular setting of Clifden and nearby Recess with this beautiful quite ancient stone church and it is really adjacent to the wonderful Ballynahinch Castle & the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Clifden on Sky Road. For those of you who have never experienced the sunset off the West Coast from Sky Road; do it!! (weather dependent so maybe not this summer)
4. Oratory of St. Finbarr, Gougane Barra in Cork (RC)
Instant Fall in love time..!!! Dating back to the sixth century where stone cells also commemorate the saints hermitage, this intimate chapel is built on an island in Gougane Barra lake connected to the mainland by a causeway. For information on getting married here contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their PAGE for details.
5. Newman University Church, Dublin (RC)
My list would not be complete without this Dublin gem, discretely nestled on the southern end of St. Stephens Green its gentle exterior leads into an explosion of colour and ornate detail that leaves many really taken aback.
Information on weddings here from University Church Dublin
I would be delighted to hear from you on your favourite church in Ireland to include in future posts, you can use the comments section below and let us know your thoughts.