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Joey & Liam

Words by Sarah McKenna Barry

Joey Kavanagh met Liam Karma in the queue for GAY in London’s Soho back in 2015. Joey had come to the club straight from work, on a mission to cheer a friend of his up, when he got chatting to Liam on the way in. That night they danced to Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’. Fast-forward three years and their friend Susan sang that very same song as they entered the Civil Registry Office for their wedding. Their big day marked the start of a new adventure, and an end to a bureaucratic nightmare that had threatened their relationship from the start.

Both Joey and Liam were somewhat in transit when they started dating and their future together seemed hazy. For Liam, it looked like he would soon have to return to his home in Melbourne, Australia, while Joey found himself choosing between life in Ireland, the UK or Australia. Three years later they’ve navigated long-distance romance and a litany of visa issues, and their future together has never been clearer. Now happily settled in Dublin, administrative hassle seems like a distant memory, and their prom-themed wedding proved to be the perfect way to shake it all off, and to celebrate the beginning of the rest of their lives together.

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