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At first sight RTE's Louise Byrne says marrying her partner Charlotte will be a 'celebration' after 15 years together

"In a way we are lucky because this is a celebration for us, a party, as opposed to the beginning of a relationship"

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Louise Byrne

Louise Byrne

RTE's Louise Byrne has said her marriage to her partner of 15 years, Charlotte, will be a celebration when it eventually goes ahead.

The Prime Time reporter who says “there was something” at first sight when she first met fiancée Charlotte, had planned a small restaurant celebration last May but restrictions forced the postponing of their big day.

The couple, who met on a night out 15 years ago, had enlisted their four year old sons, Matthew and Will, to be pageboys for the low key affair.

They’ve yet to reschedule but are in no rush down the aisle, as Louise explained this isn’t the beginning of their journey, but rather a celebration of their love, which has been blossoming for 15 years.

She told the RTÉ Guide that when they first met, “there was definitely something at first sight”, after the pair bumped into each other on a night out in Dublin.

However, when Louise moved to the midlands for a radio job her relationship was back and forth with Charlotte. When she returned back to Dublin a year later they moved in together.

Louise said: "In a way we are lucky because this is a celebration for us, a party, as opposed to the beginning of a relationship. For a lot of people, the wedding is the start of things for them."

The couple welcomed their twin boys, Matthew and Will, through IVF, with Louise being 11 weeks pregnant on the day that Ireland voted Yes to marriage equality in 2015.

Louise said: "Being there when it came through was very special, knowing that the boys would be born into a country that had made such a profound statement about who their parents are was important.

"Because of that referendum, we now know how Ireland feels and that is fantastic.

"There is still some level of prejudice, it is still different and not the norm. I think it is important that it is considered as normal as can be, so I suppose me having a family and children and talking about that, that helps to an extent to normalise things."

“We haven’t looked back since,” Louise added. “I feel very lucky to have found a partner and have two amazing children. If I had come out maybe a decade or two earlier, that might not have been possible or conceivable for me and I don’t take that lightly.”

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"I think we are the first generation that has a lot more opportunities than the previous generations.

"It is sort of obvious, but it is important to say that because there are still challenges, it is still not easy to come out but I think we stand on the shoulders of giants. It was much, much harder for those who went before."

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