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Atheist Wedding Services in Ireland - 23 Jul 2013
Images of a humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath.

Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed an atheist group to perform weddings this year for the first time, and the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by hundreds of couples seeking their services.

Demand for the Humanist Association of Ireland's secular weddings has surged as the moral authority of the once almighty Catholic Church collapsed in recent decades amid sex abuse scandals and Irish society's rapid secularisation.

Until now, those who did not want a religious wedding could have only civil ceremonies. Outside of the registrar's office, only clergy were permitted to perform weddings.
IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS
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July 23, 2013
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (C) conducts a humanist wedding ceremony as the groom Brendan...
Slane, Ireland
Director of Ceremonies Whiteside conducts a humanist wedding ceremony in Slane
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (C) conducts a humanist wedding ceremony as the groom Brendan Hastings and bride Suzy Addis watch, at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. To match story IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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July 23, 2013
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (C) conducts a humanist wedding ceremony for groom Brendan Hastings...
Slane, Ireland
Director of Ceremonies Whiteside conducts a humanist wedding ceremony for groom Brendan Hastings and...
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (C) conducts a humanist wedding ceremony for groom Brendan Hastings and bride Suzy Addis at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. To match story IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS
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July 23, 2013
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (R) wipes his brow as readings are made during a humanist wedding...
Slane, Ireland
Director of Ceremonies Whiteside wipes his brow as readings are made during a humanist wedding ceremony...
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (R) wipes his brow as readings are made during a humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. To match story IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS
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July 23, 2013
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (R) conducts a humanist wedding ceremony as the groom Brendan...
Slane, Ireland
Director of Ceremonies Whiteside conducts a humanist wedding ceremony in Slane
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (R) conducts a humanist wedding ceremony as the groom Brendan Hastings and bride Suzy Addis watch, at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. To match story IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS
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July 23, 2013
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (R) watches as the bride and groom have their photograph taken...
Slane, Ireland
Director of Ceremonies Whiteside watches as the bride and groom have their photograph taken before their...
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside (R) watches as the bride and groom have their photograph taken before their wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. To match story IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS
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July 19, 2013
The groom, Brendan Hastings and bride, Suzy Addis are covered in confetti after their Humanist Wedding...
Slane, United Kingdom
The groom, Brendan Hastings and bride, Suzy Addis are covered in confetti after their Humanist Wedding...
The groom, Brendan Hastings and bride, Suzy Addis are covered in confetti after their Humanist Wedding at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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July 23, 2013
Bride Suzy Addis arrives for her humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane,...
Slane, Ireland
Bride Suzy Addis arrives for her humanist wedding ceremony in Slane
Bride Suzy Addis arrives for her humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. To match story IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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July 23, 2013
Suzy Addis makes her way from her bridal suite to her humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the...
Slane, Ireland
Suzy Addis makes her way from her bridal suite to her humanist wedding ceremony in Slane
Suzy Addis makes her way from her bridal suite to her humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. To match story IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS
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July 23, 2013
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside poses for a picture with a marriage certificate after conducting...
Slane, Ireland
Director of Ceremonies Whiteside poses with a marriage certificate after conducting a humanist wedding...
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside poses for a picture with a marriage certificate after conducting a humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. To match story IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS
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July 23, 2013
A marriage certificate is seen after a humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane,...
Slane, Ireland
A marriage certificate is seen after a humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in Slane
A marriage certificate is seen after a humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. Photograph taken on July 17, 2013. To match story IRELAND-MARRIAGE/HUMANISTS REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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