Weddings at the Chapel of St. Columbanus

The Chapel of St. Columbanus is a warm, intimate, welcoming liturgical space and can be ideally suited to the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage.

Annually about thirty couples celebrate their Wedding Day in the Chapel of St. Columbanus, NUI, Galway. While this requires a very significant commitment of time and resources from the Chaplaincy, facilitating the weddings of students, staff and graduates has always been seen as a very important part of its role.

However some unique aspects and idiosyncrasies of the Chapel should be noted:

Either the Bride or the Groom MUST be a student, a Staff member or a graduate of NUI, Galway. Exceptions cannot be made.

The Bride and Groom are responsible for ensuring that all requirements of both Canon Law and Civil Law are observed and fulfilled. A ceremony contrary to either Civil Law or Canon Law cannot take place. All paperwork must be with the Chaplaincy at least eight weeks before the wedding. NOTE: Irish Civil Law requirements changed in Nov 2007.

The Bride and Groom are responsible for arranging a Priest/Deacon to officiate at their wedding. He will be required to produce a CELEBRET before he can officiate. This is an official Church document stating that he is in good standing with his religious superior. The Priest/Deacon MUST be informed of this.

The Chapel cannot accomodate more than 150 guests for a wedding.

No weddings can take place during Holy Week, Easter Week or between December 15th and January 8th each year.

The liturgical requirements of the Chapel Community and the various needs of the Chaplaincy always take precedence.

Parking in the University is outside the control of the Chaplaincy. Therefore it is not feasible to have weddings on weekdays during term. 

There can be no Sunday weddings during term.

No alteration to the arrangement of Chapel furnishings can take place without consultation with and prior permission from the Chaplain. 

There are only a very limited number of seats with back-support available. This may cause difficulty for older guests and should be taken into account when choosing to be married here.

The Chapel of St. Columbanus is independent of NUI, Galway and the building is maintained solely by donations and wedding fees. Therefore €350 is requested from each couple. This should be paid in full before the wedding day, making cheques payable to 'The Chapel of St. Columbanus'. This fee can be waived at the discretion of the Chaplain in particular circumstances and for current students.

If a wedding is cancelled, the Chaplaincy must be informed as soon as possible. All money paid will be returned.

A wedding is not booked until a fully completed Booking Form is received at the Chaplaincy Office, St. Declan's, 6, Distillery Road, Newcastle, Galway. 

Useful link:
http://gettingmarried.ie/

A booking form is available from:
The Chaplaincy, NUI, Galway
Tel 353 (0)91 492164

Email: barry.horan@nuigalway.ie