Hello, my name is Mairead Quinn from Athlone, Ireland. I’m a qualified professional Marriage and Family Celebrant, accredited by the UK Society of Celebrants (UKSOC).
Following my post-primary education, I successfully completed an undergraduate Degree at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Then I decided to further my education, I was awarded a Master’s Degree of Science (Level 9) in Sustainable Development at Dublin Institute of Technology. Subsequently, I have completed a Professional Diploma in Post Primary Education course. Over the ensuing years, I got married and we have a daughter and a son.
Through personal experience, I developed a fond interest in becoming a Celebrant. On the week of our wedding, my dad was admitted to hospital due to a serious illness, unfortunately he was unable to attend our wedding. At the time, I thought it would have been fitting to have someone conduct a poignant ceremony within the hospital, this would have enabled my dad to be included in our special day. However, nobody was available at such short notice. Shortly afterwards, my dad died. We had a Catholic funeral for him, I felt that this ceremony was generic and impersonal. Reflecting on the ceremony, this strengthened my belief in conducting such a course, qualifying me to provide a more personal and emotional touch to these special occasions.
Taking part in your ceremony is a personal privilege. Working together, I will develop and conduct a ceremony tailored just for you and your partner / family. Using my love of words, meanings and creativity and your style and ideas, I can help you design and create a wonderful ceremony full of all those special moments you want to share, including personal vows, poems, readings and music – (anything that holds a special meaning for you). Furthermore, you can include anyone you wish to be part of the ceremony, as the place, time and content are all up to you. This provides you with total control of the ceremony, ensuring your ideas are incorporated.
The legal and ceremonial elements can easily be separated too. Many couples feel their Celebrant led ceremony is their “true” wedding day, and quietly do their registry office formality a day or two beforehand, leaving them free to celebrate their own unique ceremony with family and friends!
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to phone me if you want to talk about any requirements or issues you may have. If I miss your call, I will call back. I am here to help!