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Civil Ceremonies

Ballykealey House County Carlow is your perfect wedding location, built in the 19th century arising from the marriage proposal of John James Lecky to Sarah Lucia Smith. Built with love; today it offers a picturesque and enchanting location for future wedding couples looking for a unique venue to host their very special day.

Outdoor options

If it is an outdoor ceremony you have been dreaming of, we have a number beautiful outdoor options available to you at Ballykealey House. The Lawn under the 300 year old tulip tree (one a a few in Ireland), nestled in the woodlands we have an intimate space under the canopy of trees or the Fountain a wonderful setting with your guests surrounding you.

Angela will help you pick you pick your perfect setting, advise you on choosing a solemniser, registrar or celebrant and give you details of the local churches.

Indoor options

The new barnyard just opened in 2021 it is a traditional barnyard with the original stone walls and high ceilings a wonderful setting. In the elegant manor house, we have two options for a ceremony depending on numbers. We have our stunning Oak room with original Tudor architecture or our Sarah Lucia Suite with views of the stunning woodland in the foreground. Both options offer the perfect setting for your ceremony.

Ballykealey has been inspected and approved by the district registrar as civil ceremony venue however each couple must apply individually for their own license. Details how to apply for a civil marriage can be found on the Citizens Information website.


Civil Ceremonies


Hi Angela,

Keith and I are just about coming back to the real world after what has been a whirlwind of a couple of days.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all the team in Ballykealey (but namely Alison, Luke and Cliona) for making our day so incredibly special, for pulling out all the stops and making us feel on top of the world. We loved every second of it and we are so grateful to you all.

Our guests have raved about the place, and the wedding. The food, the accommodation and of course the ceremony set up. So many have said it was the nicest wedding they have ever been to and although it makes me emotional to think it and very proud, it is down to you and the incredible amount of work you put into each individual wedding.

Thank you from Keith and I for creating a day we will treasure forever.

Best wishes,

Michelle & Keith xx