Veteran RTÉ (Raidio Telifís Éireann) broadcaster and News Anchor, Aengus Mac Grianna has married his long-term partner in a civil ceremony in Ballymacgarvey village, Co Meath, yesterday (June 22). The RTÉ News Anchor, 49, married Terry Gill, 38, after ten years together, in front of 150 guests.
Mac Grianna was walked down the aisle by lifetime friend, and veteran RTÉ broadcaster Anne Doyle. Doyle spoke of how “It was a wonderful honour for me to play a part in the ceremony, and of course, I shed a tear or two,” speaking to The Irish Daily Star. “There’s something very rare and wonderful about two people making a commitment to each other for the rest of their lives.”
Gill walked up the aisle with his mother Eva Gill. Musicians Moya Brennan and harpist Cormac De Barra performed at the humanist ceremony playing a large number of traditional Irish Ballads.
The sun shone down on the couple, at their humanist ceremony and the crowd erupted in cheers and claps after the two men said their “I do’s.”
Speaking of the wedding Mac Grianna said
“It’s simply a question of equality. All of my brothers and sisters are married and I don’t see any difference as to why I shouldn’t be allowed that too. I’m not prepared to take a lesser status”
The pair met in The Front Lounge, a popular gay bar in Dublin, almost ten years ago. As Mac Grainna described it he was enjoying a “liquid lunch” when Gill introduced himself, and the pair immediately hit it off.
Gill proposed to Mac Grianna last year when he came back from the Masterchef final in Dubai. Mac Grainna told The Irish Mirror that about five years ago he ad told Terry Gill that if he were to marry him, Gill would be the one who would have to propose.
The news reader came out after leaving school in the early 1980s. “It was late 80s and Ireland was a very different country then. It was a very difficult time but I hated lying to my family and friends.”
The couple are set to jet off to Greece for their honeymoon, before travelling to the UK upon return to make their marriage legal.