Photocall diary notice for blessing of engaged couple at the Shrine of Saint Valentine in Dublin

08 Feb 2019

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 The Feast of Saint Valentine will be celebrated on Thursday 14 February next.  To celebrate the feast day you, or a representative, are invited to a photocall for the blessing of an engaged couple (details below) at the Shrine of the holy relics of Saint Valentine in Dublin city.  Details:

Time and date Tuesday 12 February 2019 at 12.00pm at the Shrine of Saint Valentine.
Venue  Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street Church in the Archdiocese of Dublin.
In attendance   Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin and President of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG, will bless the engaged couple Ms Emer Duffy from Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 and Mr Killian Casey from Ballyboden, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.  Emer works for Microsoft Ireland and Killian works as a partner solutions engineer for Dell EMC.  The couple met in 2012 when they were working together.  They will be married in 2020 in the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham, Archdiocese of Dublin.
Background     According to Killian, “We first met while we were both working for Dell EMC in 2012 but our friendship didn’t blossom until meeting up socially after a Dublin GAA game in Croke Park.  We soon became strongly emotionally attached and our relationship has grown over the intervening years.  We share many interests in life such as GAA, history, culture, travel and family.”

Killian proposed to Emer at a romantic restaurant in Spain in October 2018 with a ‘promise ring’.  The couple then booked a trip to Dubai in November where they shared some great moments including picking the real engagement ring.

Notes to Editors

  • Photographs from the blessing of the engaged couple will be available to media from John McElroy on +353 (0) 87 241 6985 and [email protected].
  • Father Simon Nolan, O.Carm is Prior, and Father Seán Ford, O.Carm is Parish Priest, of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Dublin. 
  • Holy relics of Saint Valentine are interred in the Carmelite Church in Whitefriar Street, Dublin.  Saint Valentine, a priest in ancient Rome, is regarded as the patron saint of couples in love, preparing for marriage and of married life.  According to tradition, Saint Valentine was martyred on 14 February 250 AD.  In 1836 relics that were exhumed from the catacombs of Saint Hippolytus on the Via Tiburtina, near Rome, were identified as Saint Valentine’s.  These relics were placed in a casket, donated by Pope Gregory XVI, and transported to the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin where they continue to be venerated by the faithful to this day.
  • The first Accord centre in Ireland was established in 1962 at Saint Mary’s Parish, Belfast, in the Diocese of Down & Connor.  Up until recently Accord was an agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and operated as an unincorporated association.  In June 2016 Accord in Northern Ireland was established as a company limited by guarantee (Accord NI); in June 2017 Accord Central Office and Accord centres in the Republic of Ireland, outside of the Archdiocese of Dublin, was established as a company limited by guarantee, Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG (Accord CLG) and in November 2017 Accord in the Archdiocese of Dublin was established as a company limited by guarantee (Accord Dublin).  The three Accord companiescurrently operate in 54 centres throughout the island of Ireland – North and South – and are committed to providing a professional service serving the pastoral needs of individuals at different stages in their development – in schools, through Relationship and Sexuality Education programmes; by helping couples prepare for the sacrament of marriage; and through providing support for couples and individuals through its marriage and relationship counselling service.  Accord’s marriage facilitators and marriage and relationship counsellors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are trained and work under supervision in accordance with best practice.  Tusla, the Child and Family Agency (RoI) is a major funder of the two Accord companies in the Republic of Ireland.  Accord CLG also operates with the support of the Health Service Executive (RoI) and in Northern Ireland some funding comes from the Policy Unit of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (NI).

For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678