Ard Druí Niamh Connor, Ard Druí John McCormack and Ard Druí Con Connor of the Celtic Druid Temple are now on the Register of Solemnisers and can facilitate at your legally binding marriage. This was formally announced by the Office of the Registrar General of the Dept of Social Protection with effect from 03/02/16.
We have been facilitating at handfastings all over Ireland since 2005 and we are delighted to announce that we can now also provide a legally recognized wedding ceremony in addition to our handfasting services. The Celtic Druid Temple is recognised by the Revenue Commissioners as Ireland’s indigenous religious tradition with Nature as the Supreme Being. This is formal recognition in Ireland as a Religious Charity with a CHY number 20684 issued by the Dept of Finance on 20 June 2015.
Many couples are choosing to celebrate their partnership this way as it allows them the choice and freedom to be part of designing their own ceremony, to make it meaningful and unique to themselves while also connecting to our Ancestors and to Nature.
These ceremonies are suitable for all couples including LGBTQ couples and couples of different birth religions.
A Celtic Pagan wedding is performed "according to the Rites of Passage of the Indigenous Wisdom Tradition of Celtic Druid Temple", in fact that's what will be on your marriage certificate. It is based on the principal of partnership instead of the outdated notion of ownership - your ceremony celebrates the union between you as a couple. The Pagan Ceremony outline we offer for handfastings and weddings does not change, the legal aspect is simple and straightforward. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
We need your help.
The 'no chemical' method means we simply hold the top of the tree and fold weeds away from the young trees by the careful use of the boot, giving breathing space for the young tree spirit to grow. It's quite a relaxing and enjoyable process, you develop a rhythm working your way through the young forest spiraling around the trees as you help to give them the space they need to grow. If you can't join us but still want to help us with this project you can use the donate button at the end of this blog to help in a different and much need way. Your donations will buy stakes for trees, protective gloves for volunteers and other items that make the job safer and easier for all (including the trees :)
However, if you prefer to stay over night and then lend a hand on the tree farm we will give you a bed, b/fast, lunch and dinner and a contribution of E10 per person per day is appreciated. No one will be asked to do any work that they are not able for or uncomfortable with - you are expected to enjoy working at the Temple! More FAQ on volunteering with us here
Niamh and Con are founding members of Celtic Druid Temple and walk the path of Celtic Druids in Roscommon, Eire.