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UPDATE: Wedding Marquee Dismantled As Gardaí Turn Out In Numbers

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A marquee at a halting site in south Dublin has being taken down by contractors for the local authority on foot of a court order.

The marquee, which could cater for up to 60 people, was erected for a wedding reception, which would have breached Covid-19 rules.

The wedding reception was due to take place at a halting site at Burton Park on Leopardstown Road at 6 o’clock this evening.

The marquee was erected at the home of the groom’s parents, Michael and Johanna Connors, who were told by Judge Sinéad Ní Chulacháin to take it down.

As it stands, only fifteen people are allowed to attend an outdoor wedding celebration, while only six can attend an indoor reception.

Judge Ní Chulacháin noted the marquee could comfortably cater for sixty.

The court heard Michael Connors told a council official yesterday that it was to facilitate 40 guests, and that it would be going ahead.

However, the local authority arranged for it to be taken down this afternoon. A heavy Garda presence attended the site while it was being dismantled.

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Earlier today a judge has directed that a marquee erected in a halting site in south Dublin be taken down ahead of a planned wedding reception this evening.

She was told the father of the groom planned to go ahead with the party, despite knowing they were in breach of Covid-19 rules.

As of Monday, weddings can have up to fifty people at the service, but no more than 15 can attend an outdoor celebration afterwards.

Only six can attend an indoor reception.

This couple got married in Co Armagh this morning and a marquee was erected at a halting side at Burton Park on Leopardstown Rd to host a reception at 6pm.

However, Judge Sinéad Ní Chulacháin has given the local authority permission to take it down if the groom’s parents, Michael and Johanna Connors, fail to do so.

Aside from breaching Covid-19 rules, she was told they were was also in breach of their tenancy agreement and the council also raised insurance concerns.

Everyone associated with the reception, including the bridal party and guests, is to be warned that they have been restrained from entering the marquee.