Couple at centre of marquee wedding dispute may hold reception within weeks

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Couple At Centre Of Marquee Wedding Dispute May Hold Reception Within Weeks
The family had erected a marquee, capable of entertaining 60 people, beside their home but it was dismantled by a contractor in the presence of a significant force of gardaí. Photo: Collins
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A newly married couple, whose wedding reception plans were disrupted by a court order because of Covid-19 regulations, may be able to celebrate with their guests in a few weeks.

Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain today told Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council she would not continue wedding celebration restraints at a halting site at the couple’s parent’s Co Dublin home until the end of June.

“The Government plans to review Covid-19 restrictions on June 10th, so I will continue existing restraints only until June 9th,” the judge told barrister Niall Flynn, counsel for the local authority.

Last Wednesday the council, on foot of court injunctions, had the marquee dismantled. Michael and Johanna Connors had hoped to entertain their son and new daughter-in-law’s 40 guests there following a marriage ceremony in Co Armagh early that day.

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They had erected a marquee, capable of entertaining 60 people, beside their home at No 3 Burton Park, Leopardstown Road, Dublin 8 but when the wedding party turned up on Wednesday afternoon they found the marquee being dismantled by a contractor in the presence of a significant force of gardaí.

Mr Flynn, who appeared with Liz Neary solicitor for the council, told Judge Ni Chulachain the local authority wanted an injunction continued until the end of June restraining the Connors from holding any wedding reception at the marquee site.

It similarly wanted the continuation of a Circuit Civil Court order restraining them from erecting any further such structures on the site.

Judge Ni Chulachain declined to issue directions as to discovery of the identity of the owner of the marquee and told Dunlaoghaire Rathdown it could keep it in storage until the matter comes before the court again on June 9th.

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On Wednesday Mr Flynn told the court Mr Connors had said he knew he and his wife were breaching tenancy and Covid-19 rules and regulations, but the reception would go ahead.

When told by a council official that he was breaching Covid 19 rules Connors replied: “I know all that. I know I’m breaching my tenancy, but it’s my sons’s wedding and he has no other place to go.” He said he accepted the consequences of not taking down the marquee.

Judge Ni Chulachain on Wednesday had stated she noticed from photographs there were 11 tables surrounded by chairs in the marquee, enough chairs to accommodate more than 60 people.

Mr Flynn had said the council was also concerned about the lack of insurance cover for the proposed wedding reception last Wednesday.

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