LOVE is in the air this Valentine’s day - but only religious ceremonies will be going ahead this Saturday.
Five religious wedding ceremonies will take place this Valentine’s day, three in the city and two in the county.
But a spokesperson for the Health Service Executive explained that there will be no civil ceremonies or civil partnerships taking place in the Mid West on Saturday.
Civil ceremonies conducted by civil solemnisers of marriage can only take place on assigned appointment times from Monday – Friday, excluding bank holidays and weekends.
Nonetheless, two civil ceremonies will take place in the registry office in Limerick on Friday in advance of the most romantic date in the calendar.
Four religious wedding ceremonies will also take place in Clare on Saturday, but none are scheduled for Tipperary.
The number of civil partnerships in the Mid-West is also growing, as seen from figures provided by the HSE to the Limerick Leader. Thirteen civil partnerships took place in 2013, rising to 21 in the Mid-West last year.
Elsewhere, there will be a rush down a different type of aisle as one of the most eagerly awaited films, Fifty Shades of Grey, comes to screens this Thursday in advance of Valentine’s day.
There will be a phenomenal eight screenings a day of the film in the Odeon in Castletroy, and nine options daily for the Omniplex in Dooradoyle, from Friday on.
There will also be nine screenings in Showtime on the Ennis Road on Friday and even more on Saturday, but cinema times will be reduced there-after. They are urging people to book now to avoid disappoint.
“Sales are fantastic. The last time they were this good was when the Sex and the City film came out,” Colm Healy of Showtime explained.
“We have put on about 50 extra shows, and now have 12 shows for this Saturday, across four screens, which is phenomenal. We’re really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a great hit. And we’ll have loads of tie-ins and plenty of innuendo,” he said.
The most popular screening times, which are expected to sell out, include the 3pm, 7pm and 8.30pm shows.
Tickets are priced at around €9 per person. A spokesperson for the Omniplex in Dooradoyle also said a number of shows on Saturday are likely to sell out soon, especially their 9pm slot.
“Some of the Saturday shows are definitely going to sell out soon, and some of the Friday slots are also starting to get very busy. We’ll have nine shows on Saturday, across three screens, accommodating as 900 people at a time across all three,” explained an agent.
While it’s said you can’t put a price on love, Limerick is apparently the cheapest city to bring your loved one out on a date for Valentine’s day.
According to a new survey, Limerick is the cheapest city in the country for a date, at a cost of some €64.75, based on a cost of living analysis chartered by the dating website EliteSingles.
They examined the price of a typical Valentine’s Day date of dinner for two, cinema tickets, and a short taxi ride home, which costs an average of €82, but in Limerick it’s some €18 less.
Dublin is the most expensive place to take a date out, at €89.55, followed closely by Galway (€86.81), Waterford (€84.60) and Cork (€82.45). Limerick, however, is the cheapest place to take a date nearly €25 less in comparison to the capital.
To put your loved one in the mood for love, fishmonger Paul Cusack of Rene Cusack fish shop, in the Milk Market and on Alphonsus Street, recommends a dozen oysters for sale for €12 this weekend, but no lobster is in supply.