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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury licenses Haughey wedding in the Cathedral

SPECIAL LICENCE: Rowan Williams

By Elizabeth Kay

THE DAUGHTER of Cumbria’s richest man is to marry in Carlisle Cathedral under a special licence granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Archbishop, Dr Rowan Williams, has granted the licence to Caroline Haughey, 28, who plans to marry Mark Braid on Saturday week. Both are barristers in London.

Miss Haughey, is the only daughter of Lord Ballyedmond (Edward Haughey), the multi-millionaire owner of Carlisle Airport, Corby Castle, Norbrook Pharmaceuticals and the Ballyedmond estate which borders Carlingford Lough in Co. Down.

Only one or two weddings take place in the cathedral each year. Unless worshippers live permanently in the cathedral grounds, they have to apply for a special licence to marry there.

They have to prove a “special attachment” to the cathedral. The Archbishop issues these licences only in exceptional circumstances.

No application can be considered unless cathedral ministers are prepared to take the marriage service and support a couple’s application.

If the couple also do not satisfy normal residency requirements, they have to show a genuine and longstanding connection with the cathedral. This can be if members of a family regularly worship there or there is a family home in the diocese.

The cathedral’s Canon David Weston said: “Caroline has had to apply for a special licence for her wedding.

“People who do want to marry in the cathedral need to be on its electoral roll and are expected to attend services with some frequency for at least six months.

“Caroline was confirmed in the cathedral and has had a long association with us.

“She is on our electoral roll and is a great friend and lover of the cathedral. We are very much looking forward to this occasion.”

A former lecturer in criminal law, Miss Haughey was called to the Bar in 1999 and is a barrister dealing with general, sexual and violent crime both as a prosecutor and defender.

She works from Furnival Chambers, based in central London, and is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and the Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court.

Lord Ballyedmond recently took up his seat with the Ulster Unionists in the House of Lords.

As a former Fianna Fail senator, he is the first person to have sat in both the UK and Eire upper houses since the sixth Marquess of Landsdowne in 1927.

Lord Ballyedmond and his wife Mary, a solicitor, have two sons, Edward, who studied law in Dublin and James, who studied at Dublin’s Royal College of Surgeons.

Lord Ballyedmond has owned Corby Castle for about ten years and bought Carlisle Airport in 2001.

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