With recent registering of of Ray Sweeny National Coordinator of Pagan Federation Ireland, on the Register of Solemnisers pagan marriages can now be legally preformed.
Legal Pagan Marriage
With effect from 15th December 2009,
the National Coordinator of Pagan Federation Ireland,
has been registered on the Register of Solemnisers,
under the terms of Section 53(3) of the Civil Registration Act 2004.
Consequently, it is now possible to be legally married
in a Pagan ceremony in Ireland
If you wish to be legally married in a Pagan ceremony,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss the necessary requirements.
Whats a solmeniser?
A solmeniser is a religious person who acts as a functionary and will sign the forums needed to make a marriage legal which are then processed by the register of births, deaths and marriages.
2.2 MARRIAGE BY RELIGIOUS CEREMONY
Marriages by religious ceremony may be performed according to the customs and ceremonies of the church or religious body which is carrying out the ceremony. However, all the civil requirements set out in Section 1 must first be complied with and the couple must have been issued with a Marriage Registration Form by a registrar which they must show to the person solemnising the marriage. The solemniser must also be a registered solemniser, nominated by his or her church or religious body, and it is the responsibility of the couple to ensure that the person they wish to solemnise their marriage is on the Register of Solemnisers.
Temporary registrations of solemnisers of religious marriages are possible for those who only wish to solemnise a specific marriage or to solemnise marriages for a specific period of time.
The venue for a religious marriage is a matter for the authorities of the church or religious body under whose auspices the marriage is being performed.
All marriages, civil or religious, must take place at venues which are open to the public
The ceremony must be performed in the presence of two witnesses who are both over 18 years of age. Both parties must make two declarations:- a) that neither of them knows of any impediment to the marriage; and b) that they accept each other as husband and wife.
At the end of the ceremony, the solemniser, the couple, and the witnesses must all sign the MRF. The completed MRF should be given to a registrar (not necessarily the registrar who issued it) within 1 month of the ceremony, so that the marriage can be civilly registered. Please note that you will not be able to obtain a civil marriage certificate until such time as the MRF has been returned to a registrar and the marriage is civilly registered.