Marriage Provisions of the Civil Registration Act, 2004


The Marriage provisions of the Civil Registration Act, 2004 became law on 5th November, 2007. This legislation brought about major changes in the procedures for solemnising and registering marriages in the Republic. 

The main changes in relation to religious marriages are as follows:- 

- the requirement that all couples attend in person at the Registrar’s office to give their notification, establish their identity and freedom to marry and sign declarations of no impediment; 

- the requirement that all couples must be issued with a Marriage Registration Form (MFR) by a registrar before the marriage can proceed; 

- the new Register of *Solemnisers; all those solemnising marriages in the State on or after 5th November, 2007 must be on this Register which is maintained by the General Register Office. The Register of Solemnisers is maintained by the General Register Office and only GRO staff can add, delete or amend registrations. If your priest resides outside the state, please ask him to contact the GRO Marriages Unit, Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon, phone + 353 (0)90 6632945/6/7/8/9 or website 

Marriage Registration 

For couples where one or both parties are resident abroad, they should contact the office by telephone to book their appointment. To notify the Registrar of your intention to marry you may book a Marriage Notification appointment at 

All couples must contact the Registrar and make an appointment to give their three month’s notification of intention to marry (in person). (We would recommend that you contact the Registrar at least six months in advance of your wedding date.) As registration districts are being abolished, you may do so at any office in the country, not necessarily in the area where you intend getting married (Dublin - Phone +353 (0)1 8638219/20). The contact details of all Civil Registration Service offices and additional information pertaining to Getting Married in the Republic of Ireland is available at the following link It is advisable to read this information prior to booking your appointment to meet the Registrar to serve notice of your intention to marry. 

All couples will be requested to bring with them to the appointment:- 

- Photo ID (preferably a passport or driving licence) 

- If one or both of you is divorced, the original divorce decrees in respect of any previous divorces you may have 

- If one of you is widowed, the death certificate of your previous spouse 

- Name and address of the priest who will officiate at the marriage; this presumes that the celebrant is a registered solemniser and that he has agreed to officiate at the marriage 

- Name and address of the church where you wish to be married 

- Date of marriage 

- Names and dates of birth of your witnesses (Best man / Chief Bridesmaid) 

- Your PPS Numbers (where either or both of the parties have one) 

- Birth Cert (and photocopy of Birth Cert) 

- Proof of address – utility bill. 

- Cost €200 

It is important that couples have all documentation in order before their visit to the Registrar’s Office in order to avoid the necessity for a second visit. Without the Marriage Registration Form (MRF) the couple cannot get married nor may the solemniser proceed with the marriage ceremony. 


MARRIAGE REGISTRATION FORM (MRF): The marriage cannot proceed without this form. Section 6 has to be completed in the Church ON the day of the wedding by the Priest, Groom, Bride, Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid. This form (MRF) will be given to you on the day of your interview with the Registrar.  


Last-minute amendments to the Marriage Registration Form (MRF) 

While couples will be requested to ensure that any necessary changes to the MRF are notified to the Registrar in advance of the ceremony so as to allow for it to be amended and re-issued, situations will arise (e.g. illness of the solemniser, etc.) where changes will have to be made to the MRF at the ceremony. When this arises, the necessary amendment(s) should be clearly made on the MRF by the solemniser and initialled by the solemniser, both parties and both witnesses. There is a section at the end of the MRF which should also be completed and signed, explaining the nature of and reason for the changes. 

The priest who officiates at a wedding – from the perspective of civil law - is known as the ‘Solemniser’ of the marriage. 


Activities at the Parish Centre Autumn 2018

Activities at the Parish Centre 


COFFEE DOCK:  after 12 mass for Welcoming Weekend.


MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESSED REDUCTION (MBSR) - 8-week course beginning 1st October 2018
7 pm to 9.30pm Places limited, f
or more information please contact Niamh at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or call 087-2531891 or visit contact page at


PARENT, Baby & Toddler Group— Finished until September

Meet every Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon -
The Group Calendar generally runs alongside primary school calendar.

YOGA- 8.15pm Contact Jakki 086 0792469. - Returns Late September

St. Vincent de Paul meet at 7 pm.  


YOGA  - 10.15 - 11.45 Contact Jakki 086 0792469. Returning Late September


Baby Group (0-6 months) run by Jennifer, District Health Nurse. 11 am to 12.30 - Returning late September

Legion of Mary meet from 8 pm to 9.30pm

CECILIAN THEATRE ARTS  - every Thursday from 3.30 - 5pm—Extra classes added due to demand. 
• Award-Winning Drama, Dance, and Singing School for Boys and Girls age 4-18 years. 
• Strictly Limited Places
• 9 Week Term: 1½ hrs per class, (reasonably priced) 
• ENROL NOW, PAY LATERPhone Jennifer 086 3185852        

TAI CHI:7 pm


DOODLE TOTS Club: at 10.30 am to 11.30 am Contact Maria -  0879267087.

SMYG (Foroige Youth Group) 2 Age Groups meets every second Friday. Junior Group for 5th and 6th class and Senior Group Teenagers from 1st year to 6th year welcome. 


CSM—Mini Music Academy - Special Needs— Contact Jilly 01 8261100.  

BAPTISMAL PROGRAMME - First Saturday of each month on Welcoming Weekend. Contact Fr Paul, Deacon Tim, or Mary Greene after masses over the weekend.

Want to explore more about your Faith?


An adult Faith Development Programme in Clonliffe College, Dublin 3. Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults who wish to explore their faith. For more information phone 01 8379253 or see poster at the back of the church.

Faith for Life:

Faith for Life is a course to help you discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world through relationships in family, parish, workplace; and the events of daily life. It aims to help you become more open, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. For more information email / phone 01 8373732 Ext. 246.

Crosscare Services

Please see some of Crosscare Services and download their February newsletter here for more details:

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Parents don't lose the head!!

Don’t Lose the Head  is a workshop for parents run by Crosscare.

Crosscare is offering workshops for parents who would like to communicate effectively with their children  around drug & alcohol issues. 

It’s free of charge and all participants receive a free book on the subject.  

For more information about forthcoming workshops please visit or

Child Protection Policy Update

The Archdiocese of Dublin, as a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children, is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/ guardians to do this. The Archdiocese recognises each child as a gift from God, and values and encourages the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All diocesan personnel (including clergy, religious, staff, and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health, and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse. Please click here for full details at Dublin Diocesan Website.

Every effort is made to try and ensure that children participating in all aspects of parish life are safe and welcome. I encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with the material available to promote best practice in our parish and in our daily lives.

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Becoming A Catholic?

BECOMING A CATHOLIC?:  Are you or someone you know interested in finding out more about the Christian Faith and the Catholic Church.  If so please contact Fr. John after Mass or make enquiries to the Parish Office.

We will begin our preparation for Adults  wishing to be baptised or indeed make their 1st Communion or be Confirmed in the Catholic Faith at the Easter Vigil next Easter.