Good news for anyone who has ever dreamed of getting married in a mart in Ireland 3 years ago

Good news for anyone who has ever dreamed of getting married in a mart in Ireland

Form an orderly queue, ladies and gentlemen.

Alternative wedding venues are all the rage these days and if you or anyone you know is looking to stage a marriage ceremony with a difference, you won’t find many more alternative venues than a mart.


You heard us, a mart.

A place to trade livestock and a hive of activity in towns all over the country, the mart has a special place in farming communities throughout Ireland and one mart in Kerry is now offering itself up as a venue for loved-up couples to tie the knot.

Inspired by an article in about a wedding staged in a livestock mart in Leicestershire in the UK, Dan McCarthy, the manager of Kenmare Mart, is opening up the doors of the mart to couples who want to take part in the most agricultural of wedding ceremonies.

“I said if you want a wedding here, no problem, Kenmare Mart is happy to play host,” Dan told Catherina Cunnane of

“It’s only a bit of craic really and sure you couldn’t get any better. It would be romantic for sure!”

Regarding the ceremony itself and what can be done at the mart to add to the occasion, Dan said: “The place can be done up anyway that they want.”

“They can even have the service in the ring. If they want, the priest can go up on the rostrum. We can have a full feast and music, the whole job,” Dan added.


Dan said that he’s prepared to offer the first wedding at the mart for free and will negotiate reasonably priced rates for any subsequent weddings at the venue; interested parties are invited to contact the mart directly; contact details can be found on the mart's Facebook page.

Brides and husbands to be, what are you waiting for? You can read more about the story on here.

Cheers to Shane McCarthy for the heads up on this one. If you have something you would like to share with us, send it to or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.