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After 23 years together… Alan and Karl got married today in secret

TV presenter Alan Hughes and song-writer Karl Broderick married in an ultra-private ceremony.

Opting to keep their nuptials under wraps, only Alan’s brother Kevin and Karl’s sister Ann were present as witnesses.

Afterwards the duo retired to the five-star Merrion Hotel for champagne and photographs in the sunshine. For the occasion, Alan wore a dapper blue suit and complementing blue tie, while Karl opted for a rich burgundy hue and a navy tie. 

Both men wore a simple white rose on their lapels. 

In a statement, TV3’s Alan said: “23 years ago today we met… 15 years later we had our civil ceremony.

“And because the Irish people said 'YES', we can say 'I Do'.

“I couldn't be prouder marrying this gorgeous man,” added Alan.

Karl himself stated: "Everyone who meant anything to us attended our civil ceremony and we just wanted to do this for us.

“Keeping it secret was the hardest part… I'm so happy to marry the guy I love and respect so much. Now we can live happily ever after.”

In contrast, the pair's 2011 civil ceremony on Stephen’s Green was attended by a host of well-known faces.

With Derek Mooney acting as Best Man on the day, the glamorous bridesmaids wore white.

The couple themselves arrived in a white Bentley before walking down the aisle together at the Unitarian Church.

Afterwards they held a lavish reception for 75 at the nearby Mansion House, later honeymooning in the United States.

Congratulations, Alan and Karl!


It's wedding bells once again for Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick, after an on-air proposal this morning.

Alan popped the question to his partner of over 20 years on the Ireland AM set, directly after an on-air segment about the Marriage Equality Bill finally being signed into Irish law.

The couple celebrated their civil partnership back in 2011 with a massive reception at Dublin's Mansion House, but now that they can legally marry there'll no doubt be more celebrations to come.

Viewers were quick to congratulate the happy couple after Alan got down on one knee this morning, in front of his co-hosts Mark Cagney and Sinéad Desmond:

Speaking ahead of last year's Marriage Equality Referendum, Alan said he just wanted to be extended the same right to marriage as other Irish citizens.

"Just to have it that I am allowed to be married like any other person in the country. It seems like a basic human right to be able to be married to someone which at the moment you cannot do," he said.

Just weeks after their 2011 celebrations, the couple underwent a series of family tragedies, which included the deaths of both Alan's sister and Karl's mother.

"Soon after we came back from our honeymoon my sister started to get quite ill," Alan told VIP magazine in 2012.

"The day before Christmas Eve Karl’s mam was admitted to Beaumont with pneumonia.

"Christmas Eve we were in St Vincent’s hospital with Karl’s dad, who was called in for a liver transplant. And Christmas day my sister was taken into the oncology unit in St James’ Hospital." 

Alan has since referred to that period as "the worst two weeks of our years together," admitting it led to serious tension between them.

"We survived it, but we never stopped rowing at the time," he said.

Three years on though, the couple are still going strong – and we can't wait for the second round of celebrations.