A Northern Irish couple is planning Ireland's first graveyard wedding. The request has been made to hold the service in the Ballyclare cemetery in Antrim so they can exchange vows near a recently deceased relative.

The local Newtownabbey Borough Council is still considering the request.

"A request has been made to the council for approval for a marriage ceremony to take place in Ballyclare Cemetery. The council can make a decision on the request after the 21 days," the local authority said.

Ulster Unionist councilor Vera McWilliam said she had "no problem whatsoever" with the request.

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