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Historic day as Hugh and Barry tie knot in Republic's first same-sex civil partnership

An exchange of vows, a celebratory kiss, and the newly hitched couple left the Dublin registrar's office to Abba's Dancing Queen.

Dubliners Barry Dignam (40) and Hugh Walsh (43) made history yesterday when they became one of the first couples in the Republic to exchange vows under legislation introduced in January which allows same-sex civil partnership.

A couple for 17 years, they confessed the ceremony was an emotional one.

They knew their ceremony would attract media interest because it was the first to take place after the statutory three-month notice period.

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