Love Since 1852

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Love Since 1852
Love Since 1852
EMERALD
Tailor Made for US and Overseas Wedding Enquiries
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When you choose the ‘Emerald Package’ at Hotel Meyrick Galway,
the following items may be considered:
Our Experienced Wedding Coordinator will work with our preferred supplier listing on your behalf
if you require to arrange the following aspects:
Car Rental & Bus Hire, Photographer & Videographer, Hair & Make Up for the Wedding Party, Wedding
Band, Entertainment, Florist, Wedding Cake, Accommodation & Church Music.
• Luxurious, Historic 4 star venue in the heart of
Galway City, in the West of Ireland
• Delicious 4 Course Menu (Options to be selected
by the couple from our Wedding Menus)
• Excellent Quality of Food & genuine, warm Irish
hospitality from our experienced team
• Wine with your meal- your allocation of 1.5
or 2.5 glasses per person
• A Strict “One Wedding a Day” policy
• Evening Buffet Reception- Tea/Coffee,
Sandwiches, Cocktail Sausages
• Car parking facilities adjacent to the Hotel
• A visit to Fallers Jewellers in the heart of Galway
to learn the history of the Claddagh Ring and to
view the final polishing of a Claddagh Ring
• Bar exemption until 2am
• Rehearsal dinner options are available in both
our Restaurant, No 15 on the Square or in our
Gaslight Brasserie
• Discounted accommodation packages for
Wedding Guests available on request
• Traditional Music sessions may be arranged on
your request
• Complimentary Suite for the Bride and Groom on
the night of their wedding
• Tasting menu for the Bride and Groom prior to
the Special Day and a meeting with our senior
Chef
• Ornate Table arrangements with Candelabras
and mirror table settings in a classical Ballroom
• Personalised Menu Cards and Seating plans
• Welcome Drinks Reception for Guests from 3pm
onwards
• A personalised gift from Hotel Meyrick as a
memento of your special day
• Post Wedding Party Get Together for your guests
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Prices are available on request and dependent on number of guests.
Please call our Wedding Coordinator to discuss your full requirements and to receive a detailed
quotation on 00353 91 564041
A Hotel Steeped in History...
Hotel Meyrick on Eyre Square is one of the longest
established hotels in Galway City. It first opened
its grand doors to guests in 1852, it was then
known as the Railway Hotel. It was completed
at a cost of £30,000 for the Midland and Great
Western Railway Company. The company’s
architect, John Skipton Mulvany, designed both
the Galway railway station and hotel. It has been
intrinsically tied in to the history of the town since
the mid nineteenth century.
In 1925, the hotel was renamed the Great
Southern Hotel following the merger of the
various railway companies in southern Ireland
into the Great Southern Railway Company. In
2006 the Great Southern Hotels group was sold
and the Galway Hotel was proudly bought The
Edward Hotels group - whose portfolio consists of
4 & 5 star properties throughout Ireland.
The Luxury 4 Star Property is now called Hotel
Meyrick - named after a section of Eyre Square,
once called Meyrick Place. Many notable and
historic figures have been welcomed across the
threshold, including heads of state, kings, princes,
adventurers, soldiers, writers & actors.
FAMOUS VISITORS
Presidents who have stayed at Hotel Meyrick
include Sean T.O’Kelly, Eamon de Valera, Erskine
Childers, Patrick Hillary and President Charles
De Gaulle of France. Sean Lemass and Charles
Haughey are amongst NaTaoisigh who have
stayed with us.
Soccer Stars who have been guests of Hotel
Meyrick include George Best, Kenny Dalglish, Alan
Hansen and John Aldridge. Musicians & Singers
who have stayed at the hotel include the Furey
Brothers, the Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners,
Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains and Papal Count
John McCormack.
Hotel Meyrick has also played host to numerous
actors and actresses, incuding Siobhan McKenna,
Ray McNally, Bing Crosby and his wife Cathy,
Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris, Fred Astaire, Jack
Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, John Huston, Paul
Newman (Mackintosh Man), John Wayne and
Maureen O’Hara.
The Claddagh Ring
& YOUR VISIT TO FALLERS JEWELLERS
As part of the Hotel Meyrick “Emerald Wedding
Package” you will both enjoy a visit to the
world famous Fallers Jewellers in the heart
of Galway to learn the history of the Claddagh
Ring and to view the final polishing of a
Claddagh Ring.
In 1879 Stephen Faller first began handcrafting
Claddagh rings in his Galway workshop. In time
Fallers became synonymous with Galway and
the Claddagh Ring, developing an international
reputation for Claddagh rings of outstanding
workmanship and quality.
Today in their workshop at Williamsgate St, the
Fallers craftsmen continue this great tradition.
Using age old techniques and modern technology
each Fallers Claddagh ring is hand-crafted to
perfection making each ring unique from the other.
HISTORY OF THE CLADDAGH RING
A small fishing village in Galway, Ireland
called the Claddagh was where the tradition
of the Claddagh rings first started. It has now
disappeared but the Claddagh was a pretty and
ancient village with winding streets and small
thatched roofed mud houses.
The Irish Claddagh Rings are probably the most
culturally rich pieces of jewellery ever recorded
in history. The meaning, significance and history
of the Claddagh ring have a rich ancient past that
dates back to over 300 years. The design of the
Claddagh ring and even the way the ring is worn
are all deeply rooted in Irish tradition.
A native of Galway Richard was captured by
Algerians Pirates and sold as a slave to a Moorish
goldsmith. Later in 1689 William III of England
demanded the release of all British subjects and
Richard Joyce was released from slavery too. The
Moorish goldsmith offered Richard Joyce a major
portion of his wealth and also his only daughter in
marriage, if he agreed to stay in Algiers. The story
goes that, Richard refused and returned to his
homeland to follow his career
Several examples of Joyce’s works are still in
existence. He flourished as a craftsmen in gold
and silver in Galway up to about 1730. What we
can ascertain is that the Claddagh Ring enjoys an
Many Myths and fables surround the Claddagh
antiquity of at least 300 years and Richard Joyce
ring. However the most historically accurate would
is the earliest known maker of this unique ring.
be the story of Richard Joyce who learnt his craft
of Goldsmithing in a rather romantic way.
MEANING OF THE CLADDAGH RING
The meaning of the Claddagh ring is what gives the ring its significance. The
hands of the ring are shown holding the heart and the hands denote friendship
and togetherness, the heart itself signifies love and the crown in the Claddagh ring
stands for loyalty.
This motif is explained in the phrase: “Let Love and Friendship reign”, an ideal poesy for a
wedding ring used by a small community for over three hundred years.
In more recent years the Claddagh Ring has developed world wide renown and is given
and work as a symbol of love, friendship and loyalty.
It is also worn with great pride by the Irish diaspora throughout the world as a symbol
of their Irish heritage, linking 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation Irish with the romantic and
endearing home of their ancestors.
Requirements for a
Wedding in Ireland
A couple getting married in Ireland must
give notice of their intention to marry to a
Registrar at least 3 months before the date
of the wedding. This applies to all marriage,
religious or civil no matter where they will
take place.
Notice of intention to marry can be made to any
registrar, not necessarily the one in the area where
you live or where you will get married.
Notice of intention to marry must be made in
person, costs €150 and you will need to provide
the following to the registrar:
•
Passports and Birth Certificates
•
Original final divorce decree if either of you is
divorced.
•
Death certificate and previous marriage
certificate if either of you is widowed
•
The date and location of the wedding
•
Name, address and other details about the
person who will perform the marriage
•
Names and dates of birth of your two
witnesses
You will also have to make and sign a legal
declaration of no impediment, stating that you
know of no legal reason why you should not be
married.
If everything is in order, the Registrar will issue
you with a Marriage Registration Form.
MARRIAGE REGISTRATION FORM
This is like a marriage license and gives permission
for a couple to marry. You need this form to get
married in Ireland, no matter where the wedding
will take place.
Once the form is issued, the marriage can take
place at any time over the following 6 months.
After that time, if you are still not married, you
need to repeat the whole process.
FOR DETAILED INFORMATION & ADVICE
•
You can contact the Galway Office of the
General Registrar in Ireland directly on
00353 91 562340. They will be able to
advice you on the forms you require to set
things in motion.
•
There is a lot of information that comes
up when you Google “legal requirements
marriage Ireland” The most important
requirement is that the Irish State needs
a minimum of three months’ notice of your
intention to marry in Ireland
•
The General Register Office website -www.
groireland.ie and the Citizens Information
site link http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/
birth_family_relationships/getting_married/
notification_requirements_for_marriage.html
are both excellent reference points for all
queries
CIVIL WEDDING IN IRELAND
Note first of all that the process of serving notice of
your intention to marry, and acquiring your Marriage
Registration Form, is entirely separate from arranging your
civil marriage with a registrar.
You are advised to contact the registrar in the area where
you will get married as soon as possible. This is particularly
important if you are getting married in an approved venue,
as a Registrar will have to be available to solemnize the
marriage and they do not have limitless numbers of people
available to perform marriages.
Hotel Meyrick is a licensed venue for Civil Ceremonies
Registry offices and their staff operate from 9-5, Monday
to Friday only, so it is not always possible to have a civil
wedding at the weekend, though some registrars are more
flexible than other on this. You can contact the Galway
Office of the General Registrar in Ireland directly on
00353 91 562340
CHURCH WEDDINGS IN IRELAND
If you wish to have a legal wedding in a Catholic church
you must comply with all requirements of the Catholic
faith, which are essentially the same the world over.
Weddings which take place in a Catholic church can be
legally registered and, importantly, there is no residency
requirement.
The same applies to weddings in some other religious, so
you can also have Church of Ireland wedding, a Jewish
wedding or a Presbyterian wedding
You do NOT need to have a civil ceremony in addition to a
religious one.
You will need to have your Marriage Registration form with
you on the day of the wedding. Following the ceremony
the solemniser will complete it and your marriage is then
legal.
Dillon Photography
Churches
The
Claddagh Ring
AVAILABLE FOR YOUR WEDDING
& YOUR VISIT TO FALLERS JEWELLERS
Salthill
(Roman
Catholic)
As part Church
of the Hotel
Meyrick
“Emerald Wedding
Salthill,
Galway,
+353
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91 523413
Package” you will both enjoy
a visit to the
world
famousChurch
Fallers(Roman
Jewellers
in the heart
Saint Mary’s
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of
Galway
to
learn
the
history
of
the Claddagh
Claddagh, Galway, +353 (0) 91 582884
Ring and to view the final polishing of a
Saint
Joseph’s
Claddagh
Ring.Church (Roman Catholic)
24 Presentation Road, Galway, +353 (0) 91 562276
In 1879 Stephen Faller first began handcrafting
Saint
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(Roman
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workshop.
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workmanship
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Dillon Photography
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160 years at the Heart of Galway
For all wedding enquiries please contact Paula
[email protected]
+353 (0) 91 564041
www.hotelmeyrick.ie
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