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CSO statistical release, 29 March 2018, 11am

Marriages

2017

 20172016
Opposite Sex Marriages21,26221,570
Same Sex Marriages7591,056
All Marriages rate per 1,000 population4.64.8
Average Age of Groom (Opposite Sex Marriage)36.135.7
Average Age of Bride (Opposite Sex Marriage)34.133.8
Average Age of Male (Same Sex Marriage)40.340.5
Average Age of Female (Same Sex Marriage)40.541.0

There were 759 same sex marriages and 21,262 opposite sex marriages in 2017

Figure 1 Number of Same Sex Marriages 2017
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There were 759 same sex marriages in 2017, of which 424 were male unions and 335 were female unions.

The average age of couples in same sex marriages in 2017 was 40.4 years.  The average age of male partners in same sex marriages was 40.3 and the average age of female partners was slightly higher at 40.5.  See tables 23A, 23B and 23C.

There were 21,262 opposite sex marriages in 2017.  The average age of grooms was 36.1 years, 0.4 years more than the average age of grooms in 2016.  In the past 50 years, the average age of grooms decreased from 28.8 years in 1967 to a low of 26.2 years in 1977 and increased to a high of 36.1 years in 2017.  A similar trend is evident for brides with the average age decreasing from 25.8 in 1967 to 24.0 in 1977 and increasing to a high of 34.1 in 2017.  See tables 1 and 3.

The number of all marriages (opposite and same sex) registered in 2017 was 22,021 which equates to a crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of 4.6 per 1,000 population, 0.2 less than the 2016 rate.  This is 605 marriages less than in 2016 when 22,626 marriages took place.  Same sex marriages accounted for 3.4% of all marriages in 2017.  See table 1.

 

In 2017, religious ceremonies accounted for 63.0% of all marriages.   There were 11,219 (50.9%) Catholic marriage ceremonies, 379 (1.7%) Church of Ireland ceremonies, The Spiritualist Union of Ireland performed 1,159 (5.3%) ceremonies and 1,120 (5.1%) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.   The majority of non-religious ceremonies were civil marriages with 29.1% (6,417) of all marriages; the remaining 1,727 (7.8%) couples had Humanist ceremonies.  See tables 1, 3, 3A, 17, 17A and figure 2.

X-axis label%
Other
Religious
5.08605422097089
Church
of Ireland
1.72108441941783
Roman
Catholic
50.9468234866718
Civil
Marriages
29.1403660142591
Humanist
Association
7.84251396394351
Spiritualist
Union of
Ireland
5.26315789473684

Almost 65% of opposite sex couples have religious marriage ceremonies

In 2017, religious ceremonies accounted for the highest proportion of opposite sex marriages (64.7%).   There were 11,219 (52.8%) Catholic marriage ceremonies, 379 (1.8%) Church of Ireland ceremonies, 64 (0.3%) Presbyterian ceremonies while The Spiritualist Union of Ireland performed 1,083 (5.1%) marriage ceremonies in 2017.  The remaining 1,011 (4.8%) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.  Civil marriage ceremonies were the most popular choice for non-religious marriage ceremonies accounting for 5,890 (27.7%) of all opposite sex marriages.  In recent years the Humanist Association has also risen in popularity with 1,616 (7.6%) such marriages in 2017 compared to 1,437 (6.7%) in 2016.  See tables 1, 3 and 17, and figure 2.

Over 69% of same sex couples have civil marriage ceremonies

The most popular form of ceremony for same sex marriage celebrations was civil marriage ceremonies, which accounted for 527 marriages (69.4%) followed by The Humanist Association of Ireland with 111 or 14.6% of ceremonies, The Spiritualist Union of Ireland accounted for 76 or 10.0% of ceremonies and the remainder of same sex couples (i.e. 5.9%) had ceremonies with other religious denominations.  Over one third of all same sex marriage ceremonies took place in the Dublin City area (39.0%), followed by Meath with 5.0%.  See Tables 1, 3A, 3B, 13A, 13B and 17A. 

August was the most popular month for opposite sex marriages in 2017

August was the most popular month for opposite sex marriages, regaining the top spot it held in 2015.  In 2017, 13.1% (or 2,777) of marriages occurred in August.  Over a quarter (25.3%) of all marriages took place in the months of July and August. January continued to be the least popular month for marriage ceremonies with only 545 (2.6%) of opposite sex marriages occurring during that month. 

Friday and Saturday were the most popular days of the week to get married with 14,933 or 70.2% of opposite sex marriages occurring on those days.  The least popular day was Sunday when 491 (2.3%) couples wed.  See table 16.

Saturday 5th August was the most popular date for opposite sex marriages in 2017 with 251 (1.2%) marriages taking place on that day.  This was followed by Saturday 3rd June, when 248 (1.2%) marriages occurred.  Friday 25th August was the third most popular date with 241 (1.1%) marriage celebrations on that day.  See tables 16, 16A and 16B.

September was the most popular month for same sex marriages in 2017

The most popular month for same sex marriages in 2017 was September with 98 (12.9%) marriages.  

Friday was the most popular day for same sex marriages with over one third (287) or 37.8% of all same sex marriages celebrated on that day.  As with opposite sex marriages, Sunday was the least popular day for same sex marriages when only 20 couples (2.6%) wed.  See table 16A.

Friday 1st September was the most popular date for same sex marriages in 2017 with 11 (1.4%) marriages occurring on that day. This was followed by Friday 23rd June, 30th June, 7th July, 6th October and 13th October, when 10 (1.3%) marriages took place on each of those dates.

EU marriage rate

In 2015 (most recent available data) Lithuania had the highest crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of the EU 28 Member States with a rate of 7.6 per 1,000 population.  Portugal and Slovenia had the lowest rates, with 3.1 marriages per 1,000 population.  In comparison, in 2015 Ireland had a marriage rate of 4.8 per thousand population and was ranked 13th.  (The latest available data for The United Kingdom and Austria was 2013 and 2012 was the latest data available for France).  See figure 3.

EU-28Marriage rate
Lithuania7.6
Cyprus7.2
Malta7
Latvia6.9
Romania6.3
Slovakia5.3
Sweden5.3
Estonia5.2
Denmark5.1
Greece5
Poland5
Germany4.9
Ireland 20154.8
Ireland 20164.8
Croatia4.7
Hungary4.7
Ireland 20174.6
Czech Republic4.6
Finland4.5
Austria4.3
United Kingdom4.3
Bulgaria3.9
Netherlands3.8
France3.7
Belgium3.6
Spain3.6
Luxembourg3.6
Italy3.2
Portugal3.1
Slovenia3.1

Groom older than bride in 63% of opposite sex marriages

The average age of grooms and brides in 2017 was 36.1 years and 34.1 years respectively.  The average age of grooms marrying for the first time was 34.5 years and for brides the average age was 33.0 years.   See tables 22 and 23.

The groom was older than the bride in 63.0% of marriages in 2017.  See tables 7 and 8.

In 2017, 2.2% of grooms were under the age of 25 and 43.3% of grooms were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  For brides, 3.5% were under the age of 25 and 31.8% were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  See table 1, 7 and 8.

Monaghan had the lowest average age for grooms at 34.6 years.  At the other end of the scale, Waterford County had the highest average age for grooms at 37.9 years.  As with the grooms, Monaghan had the lowest average age for brides at 32.0 years and Waterford County had the highest average age at 35.8 years.  See tables 9 and 10.

Over 87% of opposite sex marriages were first time marriages

In 2017, 87.3% (18,556) of marriages were the first marriage for both the groom and bride.  The breakdown between grooms and brides was 19,353 (91.0%) grooms and 19,745 (92.9%) brides marrying for the first time.  See tables 17, 19, 22 and 23.

There were 2,510 marriages involving at least one divorced person in 2017, including 563 marriages where both parties were divorced.  See table 17.

Over 78% of same sex marriages were first time marriages  

Of the 1,518 individual same sex partners in 2017, the majority - 1,192 or 78.5% were previously single, 254 (16.7%) were previous civil partners, while 64 (4.2%) were divorcees, 5 (0.3%) were former civil partners, and 3 (0.2%) were widows/widowers.  See tables 23A, 23B and 23C.

Opposite sex couples residing outside Ireland before marriage account for over 12% of marriages

Marriages where both the bride and groom were residing in Ireland before marriage accounted for 85.3% (18,126) of marriages.  In 2017, 2,694 (12.7%) marriages involved both the bride and groom living outside the State before marriage.   See tables 11 and 12.

The future permanent residence of opposite sex married couples was stated to be outside Ireland in 13.3% (2,838) of marriages in 2017.  This compares to 2,933 (13.6%) in 2016.  See table 1.

Over one in five opposite sex marriages were between brides and grooms of the same socio-economic group

In 2017, 23.8% (5,065) of all marriages involved the bride and groom being of the same socio-economic group.

Over half (58.1%) of grooms and two-fifths (42.2%) of brides in the 'Professional Occupations’ socio-economic group married an individual in the same group. 

The socio-economic group with the greatest apparent disparity was the "Skilled Trades Occupations" where 2.7% of grooms married within their own group in comparison to 43.8% of brides doing so.  See table 6 and background notes. 

Civil Partnerships

There were no civil partnership ceremonies in 2017. Civil partnership legislation has been superseded by same sex marriage legislation.  See note on same sex marriage legislation below. 

Number of divorces granted increased by just over 25%

The most recent divorce data available at time of publication is for 2015.  There were 3,289 divorces granted by the Circuit Court and the High Court in 2015.  This was an increase of 660 on the 2014 figure. See table A.

Divorce statistics are compiled by the Courts Service.  For the numbers of divorce applications received in 2016 see link:  Divorce: (Circuit Court 2016)  and (High Court 2016)

Population

The estimated population (usual residence) in April 2017 was 4,792,490.

Same sex marriage legislation.

The Marriage Act 2015 (No.35/2015) effective from the 16th November 2015 (S.I 504/15 refers) allows parties of the same sex to marry.  From the 16th November 2015, when same sex marriage legislation came into effect, same sex couples no longer had the option to apply for a Civil Partnership.  

Table 1 Summary data for marriages 2012-2017
 Opposite sex marriages Same sex marriages All marriages
 201220132014201520162017 20162017 20162017
State20,71320,68022,04522,02521,57021,262 1,056759 22,62622,021
Marriages per 1,000 population4.54.54.84.84.64.4 0.20.2 4.84.6
Average age of party 1134.734.935.035.335.736.1 43.643.4 36.136.3
Average age of party 2232.632.833.033.233.834.1 37.937.4 34.034.2
Percentage of marriages by            
age of party 11%%%%%% %% %%
  Under 200.50.60.40.40.60.5 0.00.0 0.80.5
  20-242.52.42.32.41.81.7 1.20.9 1.81.7
  25-2921.820.019.718.516.215.9 8.16.7 15.815.6
  30-3439.841.040.539.739.638.7 16.817.4 38.638.0
  35-3918.819.019.720.622.321.9 18.020.6 22.121.8
  40 and over16.617.017.318.419.521.4 55.954.4 21.222.6
Percentage of marriages by            
age of party 22%%%%%% %% %%
  Under 201.11.11.11.10.80.7 0.20.1 0.80.7
  20-244.74.34.44.02.82.7 5.84.3 3.02.8
  25-2931.329.428.727.225.324.0 16.619.2 24.923.8
  30-3438.739.739.540.440.840.7 24.024.9 40.040.2
  35-3913.614.714.815.117.017.2 16.319.6 17.017.3
  40 and over10.510.811.512.213.314.6 37.231.8 14.415.2
Form of ceremony            
  Roman Catholic13,49712,92113,07212,48612,14011,219  12,14011,219
  Church of Ireland433453445393372379  372379
  Presbyterian847281736964  6964
  Methodist192527262731  2731
  Jewish111  
  Spiritualist Union of Ireland8198229651,083 7376 1,0381,159
  Other religious8831,112538804972980 3645 1,0081,025
  Civil marriages5,7976,0966,1676,1565,5885,890 850527 6,4386,417
  Humanist Association8951,2641,4371,616 97111 1,5341,727
Country of future residence            
Outside Republic of Ireland2,0652,3162,6682,8452,9332,838 122120 3,0552,958
  Northern Ireland318319432421477489 2829 505518
  England and Wales9259471,0581,1171,1751,146 4134 1,2161,180
  Scotland648074979989 22 10191
  Europe EU 28 (excluding Ireland and UK)122 12 134
  Europe remainder24 1 25
  Europe (excluding Ireland and UK)148152157150155 17 172
  U.S.A176198192214227254 1110 238264
  Elsewhere434620755846797714 2332 820746
  Not stated113  3
Percentage of marriages with %%%%%% %% %%
country of residence outside            
Republic of Ireland10.011.212.112.913.613.3 11.615.8 13.513.4
1Party 1 refers to the groom in the case of opposite sex marriages and refers to the older party in the case of same sex marriages.
2Party 2 refers to the bride in the case of opposite sex marriages and refers to the younger party in the case of same sex marriages.
 
Table 2 Age specific marriage rates, 2014-2017
 Opposite sex marriages Same sex marriages All marriages
AgeMarriages per 1,000 males at specified ages Marriages per 1,000 females at specified agesMarriages per 1,000 males at specified ages Marriages per 1,000 females at specified agesMarriages per 1,000 males at specified agesMarriages per 1,000 females at specified ages
 2014201520162017 201420152016201720162017201620172016201720162017
All ages, 16-4919.419.519.017.7 19.419.519.117.80.90.30.60.219.918.0 19.818.1
16-190.70.81.10.8 2.32.21.61.30.00.00.00.01.10.8 1.61.3
202.42.42.41.8 5.34.43.02.20.00.00.00.02.51.8 3.02.2
212.33.51.91.5 5.65.63.02.10.20.00.00.02.21.5 3.12.1
223.53.52.52.4 6.56.45.24.20.20.00.20.02.72.4 5.44.2
234.34.83.82.6 8.69.66.65.00.60.00.30.04.42.6 6.95.0
247.87.96.34.4 13.612.19.88.20.80.20.70.07.14.6 10.58.2
20-244.14.53.42.6 8.17.85.64.30.40.00.30.03.82.6 5.94.3
2512.111.68.47.1 19.919.615.613.21.00.00.40.19.47.1 16.013.3
2617.817.813.512.7 27.427.725.321.11.00.10.60.114.412.8 25.921.2
2727.226.121.820.3 38.436.335.433.11.20.30.70.123.020.6 36.133.3
2837.537.132.930.5 49.751.047.943.91.30.30.60.234.130.8 48.644.1
2949.648.045.545.3 57.958.259.057.01.60.20.80.447.045.6 59.857.4
25-2929.729.025.123.4 39.839.938.134.41.20.20.60.226.323.6 38.734.6
3056.055.855.553.9 55.362.560.761.81.40.30.60.256.954.2 61.462.1
3156.555.958.654.0 54.755.358.958.11.50.30.90.360.154.3 59.858.4
3252.953.655.354.6 45.047.951.248.41.60.50.70.456.855.1 51.948.8
3345.548.846.546.4 37.440.038.741.61.50.61.30.448.047.0 40.042.0
3437.440.542.439.9 30.330.732.231.91.50.41.10.443.940.3 33.332.3
30-3449.350.551.349.5 44.346.647.747.71.50.41.00.352.849.9 48.648.1
3534.533.735.434.0 26.725.027.224.91.10.61.00.336.534.6 28.225.2
3628.429.830.626.8 20.820.321.721.21.00.50.90.331.527.3 22.621.6
3721.025.224.522.2 15.616.617.216.91.10.40.80.325.622.7 18.017.2
3819.318.721.519.3 12.313.115.214.11.00.50.80.322.519.8 16.014.4
3916.916.917.418.2 11.411.312.113.21.10.40.80.418.518.6 12.913.6
35-3924.125.026.124.1 17.517.518.918.11.00.50.90.327.124.6 19.818.5
4014.612.814.014.3 9.28.610.110.41.20.30.60.315.114.7 10.710.7
4111.013.112.113.4 7.48.08.68.41.10.41.00.213.213.8 9.68.7
429.711.510.411.6 6.76.76.76.90.90.40.70.211.212.0 7.47.1
438.58.68.69.0 5.86.75.96.11.00.50.70.49.69.5 6.76.5
447.87.48.58.6 4.86.05.95.81.00.30.80.39.68.9 6.76.1
40-4410.310.710.711.4 6.87.27.57.51.00.40.70.311.811.8 8.27.8
457.27.36.87.5 5.04.84.95.30.90.30.70.37.77.7 5.65.7
465.35.85.95.9 3.34.33.74.70.90.30.70.36.86.2 4.45.0
475.65.56.06.2 3.54.53.84.20.90.40.60.36.86.6 4.44.5
484.44.65.15.3 3.33.13.94.10.80.20.50.25.95.5 4.44.4
493.84.84.95.5 3.43.73.94.30.70.40.50.25.75.9 4.54.4
45-495.35.65.76.1 3.74.14.14.6 0.90.3 0.60.3 6.66.4 4.74.8
Table 3 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified according to age of groom/age of bride and form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
AgeCatholicChurchPresbyterian The SpiritualistOther religiousCivil MarriagesThe HumanistTotal
  of Ireland Union of Ireland denominations Association 
Age of groom        
Under 209514100
20-24174265291357358
25-291,92874181491388312363,374
30-345,240146203823001,4966448,228
35-392,46987102402151,2264014,648
40-448422951261337541652,054
45-492801527980486701,012
50-5493141515234047598
55-593942283325023379
60 and over598233036823511
Total11,219379641,0831,0115,8901,61621,262
Age of bride        
Under 201401116158
20-242286995226118583
25-293,109110222281701,1223345,095
30-345,274156174413551,6557658,663
35-391,7546691832041,1542953,665
40-44442113112106608971,379
45-49147161555044744760
50-54707344525935450
55-592542161517919260
60 and over3035131899249
Total11,219379641,0831,0115,8901,61621,262
         
Average age of groom34.035.733.437.437.939.436.036.1
Average age of bride32.433.531.335.235.636.934.134.1
Table 3A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified according to age of older party/younger party and form of ceremony
 All same sex marriages 
AgeCivil MarriageThe HumanistThe SpiritualistOther religiousTotal
 CeremoniesAssociationUnion of Ireland denominations 
Age of older party     
Under 20
20-24527
25-293883251
30-3474261814132
35-3992302311156
40-448715119122
45-49651513396
50-545944471
55-594863158
60 and over5951166
Total5271117645759
Age of younger party     
Under 2011
20-242741133
25-2910022159146
30-34107392815189
35-3996241811149
40-4465106384
45-495354466
50-54422246
55-592032126
60 and over162119
Total5271117645759
Average age of older party44.840.240.339.943.4
Average age of younger party38.235.535.236.037.4
Table 3B Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified according to age of older party/younger party and form of ceremony, listing male same sex marriages and female same sex marriages separately
 Male Same sex marriages Female same sex marriages
AgeCivil MarriageThe HumanistThe SpiritualistOther religiousTotal Civil MarriageThe HumanistThe SpiritualistOther religiousTotal
 CeremoniesAssociation Union of Ireland denominations  CeremoniesAssociationUnion of Ireland denominations 
Age of older party           
Under 20 
20-24516 11
25-29231226 1571225
30-3442156770 321112762
35-39541910790 381113466
40-444687869 4174153
45-493677151 2986245
50-543132440 281231
55-59223328 263130
60 and over394144 201122
Total298613827424 229503818335
Age of younger party           
Under 2011 
20-2419322 811111
25-296568584 35167462
30-346426129111 431316678
35-3948139878 48119371
40-443244242 3362142
45-492932337 2422129
50-54191121 231125
55-59153220 516
60 and over628 10111
Total298613827424 229503818335
Average age of older party44.741.241.940.343.7 44.938.938.839.243.0
Average age of younger party37.336.436.036.037.0 39.434.334.336.037.9
Table 4 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by occupational group and age of groom
 Age of groomAverage age
Occupational group of groomUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overAll agesof groom
Administrative and Secretarial occupations8142340204923120221887736.1
Associate professional and Technical occupations5315091,3297133041269656563,22535.8
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations75112168483516151137238.0
Elementary occupations11593345324102021056035311,77936.1
Managers, Directors and Senior officials3142677545052271317253742,10037.5
Process, Plant and Machine operatives4151693712911661117646341,28338.3
Professional occupations268252,4191,1224191639140925,19735.1
Sales and Customer service occupations12317029314564261451075134.4
Skilled trades occupations18597491,8851,081479258132841214,86636.3
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown58116158184109532621236481235.0
Total1003583,3748,2284,6482,0541,01259837951121,26236.1
Table 5 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by occupational group and age of bride
 Age of brideAverage age
Occupational group of brideUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overAll agesof bride
Administrative and Secretarial occupations1445331,0575742111259549432,73235.5
Associate professional and Technical occupations10395651,108479168695020182,52634.0
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations9867771,0114012001125739192,71133.9
Elementary occupations250212248156674729121183434.6
Managers, Directors and Senior officials13335608287104734118161,49534.9
Process, Plant and Machine operatives142240237822111034.9
Professional occupations2581,7573,5571,1233291588152427,15933.3
Sales and Customer service occupations6643574261968956231581,24033.5
Skilled trades occupations1050966435181410730436.8
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown127215487512362169945843842,15134.2
Total1585835,0958,6633,6651,37976045026024921,26234.1
Table 6 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by occupational group of bride and groom
 Occupational group of bride
Occupational group of groomAdministrative and Secretarial occupationsAssociate professional and Technical occupationsCaring, Leisure and Other service occupationsElementary occupationsManagers, Directors and Senior officialsProcess, Plant and Machine operativesProfessional occupationsSales and Customer service occupationsSkilled trades occupationsUnemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknownTotal
Administrative and Secretarial occupations23492851864128845941877
Associate professional and Technical occupations39862134360244181,107171312323,225
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations403891202228221353372
Elementary occupations243128374228829237173242811,779
Managers, Directors and Senior officials2783061986829011653112281562,100
Process, Plant and Machine operatives19393243859021209110222171,283
Professional occupations46962630548312143,018144322295,197
Sales and Customer service occupations116841063052317295984751
Skilled trades occupations707470871242300291,2523381335244,866
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown546895353921413113334812
Total2,7322,5262,7118341,4951107,1591,2403042,15121,262
Table 6A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by occupational group of older party and younger party
 Occupational group of younger party
Occupational group of older partyAdministrative and Secretarial occupationsAssociate professional and Technical occupationsCaring, Leisure and Other service occupationsElementary occupationsManagers, Directors and Senior officialsProcess, Plant and Machine operativesProfessional occupationsSales and Customer service occupationsSkilled trades occupationsUnemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknownTotal
Administrative and Secretarial occupations2298371663478
Associate professional and Technical occupations12291461324626112
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations879351143353
Elementary occupations23371355130
Managers, Directors and Senior officials81985242381156126
Process, Plant and Machine operatives31111119
Professional occupations19421142021005712222
Sales and Customer service occupations581162473441
Skilled trades occupations351223117346
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown4112121022842
Total831366933817218473847759
Table 7 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by groom's age and bride's relative age
 Relative age of bride 
Age of groom10 or more years older5 to 9 years older1 to 4 years olderSame age1 to 4 years younger5 to 9 years younger10 or more years youngerTotal
All ages1657364,0622,9008,8313,4301,13821,262
16
17437
1812221852
196122341
Under 201323631100
203210122754
212310523144
224415202467
2361122725172
243104019463121
20-24183097631455358
253186331737195
261130113741359372
2713412111231767571
281056294210335252932
298494173084893121,304
25-29451941,0987461,2087943,374
301061425372699591,626
31467399378848771,773
32135335726996214311,798
3363330620984319091,596
34530249167737235121,435
30-34382441,7361,3954,089704228,228
35421209129643246181,270
36103515592500259181,069
374251036839928625910
383201016127623133725
39614725126122149674
35-39271156404012,0791,2431434,648
40220444219517541519
41112483716218845493
42120382613714153416
4347271810311348320
443103724839653306
40-4411691941476807132402,054
452123312708247258
46392217565941207
47292514555547207
48210205473945168
4945188395939172
45-491345118562672942191,012
50-544186823152158175598
55-59610391891100115379
60-64372812546693263
65-69291203365130
70-742112223774
75 and over1113132544
Table 8 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by bride's age and groom's relative age
 Relative age of groom 
Age of bride10 or more years older5 to 9 years older1 to 4 years olderSame age1 to 4 years younger5 to 9 years younger10 or more years youngerTotal
All ages1,1383,4308,8312,9004,06273616521,262
16178
1714317
18234121471
192925121462
Under 20413873618158
2021226121062
21811275657
22627492011113
23163366712134
24155211519151217
20-244713528363541583
2526871953127366
264213930974403607
2737214501123774956
285324472721014751,386
295626893430820951,780
25-292149522,666746500175,095
3073278968372334112,036
31622929093784111722,071
32482557622693701711,722
33652366192093815031,563
34511884611673514941,271
30-342991,2493,7191,3951,847144108,663
35431343441292886521,005
363912530392255665885
376110223368195479715
383969186611454910559
39339114651133389501
35-392155211,2124011,016265353,665
4033571224289347384
4130578337623211312
422934862646228251
432940741836178222
442135482449267210
40-44142223413147282131411,379
452438481243185188
461928491732164165
471531341424176141
48122437532138131
4922203983097135
45-4992141207561617330760
50-54669012123785616450
55-5936516818482712260
60-64123234123798144
65-69613161158665
70-74482144427
75 and over123121313
Table 8A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by older partner's age and younger partner's relative age
  Younger partners
Older partnersAll agesUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
All ages7591331461891498466462619
Under 20
20-2477
25-295111634
30-3413226664
35-391567277547
40-441227306322
45-49961711263318
50-5471247142222
55-5958232915198
60 and over6612461151819
Table 8B Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by older male partner's age and younger male partner's relative age
  Younger male partners
Older male partners All agesUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
All ages4241228411178423721208
Under 20
20-2466
25-29261916
30-347023533
35-39904184226
40-44695213112
45-495116811169
50-54401368139
55-59282213695
60 and over44123393158
Table 8C Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by older female partner's age and younger female partner's relative age
  Younger female partners
Older female partnersAll agesUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
All ages33511627871422925611
Under 20
20-2411
25-2925718
30-34623131
35-3966393321
40-4453293210
45-49451315179
50-54311116913
55-59301169103
60 and over221322311
Table 8D Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by age difference of partners in years and percentage
 TotalNo age difference1 to 4 years difference5 to 9 years difference10 or more years difference
 NumberNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentage
   % % % %
All Same Sex Marriages759638.332542.822129.115019.8
Male Same Sex Marriages424286.617842.011727.610123.8
Female Same Sex Marriages 3353510.414743.910431.04914.6
Table 9 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by age and area of residence of groom before marriage
 Age of groomAverage age
Area of residence of groomUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overTotalof groom
Total1003583,3748,2284,6482,0541,01259837951121,26236.1
             
LEINSTER511851,5653,8952,3991,08656431720827710,54736.4
Carlow35268157261466623036.9
Dublin City6523911,0066262281146249662,60036.0
South Dublin314156368247109633718211,03636.5
Fingal724147426265133742725271,15536.6
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown17120341205864240202788937.0
Kildare2151293302091065029172891536.8
Kilkenny116313272372757334835.8
Laois444910661221664527735.4
Longford1524562914454214435.3
Louth2107716990462315101345536.3
Meath21310227115581383371771936.6
Offaly455810957241194228334.8
Westmeath38591177643181541335636.7
Wexford91395206121743516172260836.8
Wicklow3969177129573512162553237.7
             
MUNSTER18726821,8271,039484219136801154,67236.3
Clare23571719427219101140536.2
Cork City110821788843201212745335.7
Cork County114231662367174714924291,62236.1
Kerry266717511047131061344936.2
Limerick City2735645016656719836.1
Limerick County3147320812058341431053736.0
North Tipperary3840107602616106728336.2
South Tipperary24431056542171241330737.4
Waterford City24297136261046819637.0
Waterford County225864925111131022237.9
             
CONNACHT2436291799445193814833642,01436.0
Galway City483712964341446630635.8
Galway County8109727716065251882569336.1
Leitrim317352514512410636.5
Mayo797218883431913111245735.8
Roscommon14448649141152922535.8
Sligo4224846423774822736.7
             
ULSTER (part of)32321741720478342812241,04035.1
Cavan1943119511912114927835.9
Donegal21212121610446181171154834.9
Monaghan253824913461421434.6
             
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES            
Border938335705383161695128491,82835.7
Midland1222190388223103493516221,06035.7
West2031250680356156694027521,68135.9
Dublin17978142,1411,3435562931661121415,68036.4
Mid-East7373007784932441237440702,16636.9
Mid-West1032205550324127773825351,42336.1
South-East17292816814002301145443621,91136.9
South-West4303801,0155652641047142492,52436.1
             
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND963162,7556,9384,0871,84189852933348018,27336.3
NORTHERN IRELAND113152184944026165453534.2
BRITAIN315235570236104462826191,28235.1
ELSEWHERE142325362316942251581,17234.5
Table 10 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by age and area of residence of bride before marriage
 Age of brideAverage age
Area of residence of brideUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overTotalof bride
Total1585835,0958,6633,6651,37976045026024921,26234.1
             
LEINSTER843092,3814,1931,92280042523814613010,62834.4
Carlow564996312766322934.0
Dublin City16795861,069478177905925322,61134.2
South Dublin93720542519788512410161,06234.7
Fingal830246453218102542513151,16434.8
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown219174410164564121201291934.9
Kildare420205374165694123171192934.8
Kilkenny698813462171646134333.5
Laois397610746181054228033.6
Longford37445716672214432.5
Louth511120172962819174347534.2
Meath5171612651455926146870634.4
Offaly612821034817632428333.0
Westmeath478713765291369636334.7
Wexford62615020698532518171060934.9
Wicklow2201081859354201111751135.0
             
MUNSTER301191,0341,94285629716310352674,66334.3
Clare39931758022878440934.1
Cork City117121187673116114846333.9
Cork County229352699325108562114221,62834.3
Kerry315100188812313125544534.0
Limerick City21139833412866520634.9
Limerick County813115212983912154151733.9
North Tipperary41266100421814104127134.0
South Tipperary375512260171963429634.9
Waterford City4342803317652719934.8
Waterford County351963610111021022935.8
             
CONNACHT3749450848350109664922292,00934.0
Galway City895913861209101431934.2
Galway County101516227911946221681168834.2
Leitrim333346176141111533.0
Mayo13910219469182197644833.9
Roscommon3946104329742422033.5
Sligo448875210663321934.6
             
ULSTER (part of)3443703911526124161181,08032.8
Cavan113881053918855328533.5
Donegal220196215813411103557732.7
Monaghan11867132951321832.0
             
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES 
Border1162571696317105504319151,88933.3
Midland163528940417570361617121,07033.7
West344236971528193593918251,67534.0
Dublin351651,2112,3571,05742323612968755,75634.5
Mid-East1157474824403182874834262,14634.7
Mid-West174531357025491423822111,40334.1
South-East2454435734320141834930351,90534.6
South-West6615731,074473162854423352,53634.2
             
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND1545214,2357,3743,2801,26767840623123418,38034.3
NORTHERN IRELAND21718015156191845345532.4
BRITAIN2133295741774935251491,22733.5
ELSEWHERE323515641524429151031,20032.6
Table 11 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by area of residence of groom before marriage, also showing whether bride has same area of residence
  Area of residence of bride 
Area of residence of groomTotalSame area as groomDifferent area from groom: Republic of IrelandDifferent area from groom: Not Republic of IrelandPercentage of brides from same area as groom
LOCAL AUTHORITY AREAS     
Carlow2301963485.2
Dublin City2,6002,3931842392.0
South Dublin1,03693693790.3
Fingal1,1551,045104690.5
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown88980778490.8
Kildare91582785390.4
Kilkenny34828857382.8
Laois2772403786.6
Longford14411429179.2
Louth45542031492.3
Meath71962492386.8
Offaly28323841484.1
Westmeath35631736389.0
Wexford60855352391.0
Wicklow53246067586.5
      
Clare40535942488.6
Cork City45339555387.2
Cork County1,6221,4841281091.5
Kerry44939651288.2
Limerick City19816530383.3
Limerick County53744188882.1
North Tipperary28322160278.1
South Tipperary30725152481.8
Waterford City1961762089.8
Waterford County22218833184.7
      
Galway City30625648283.7
Galway County693580107683.7
Leitrim1068717282.1
Mayo45738866384.9
Roscommon22517350276.9
Sligo22719135184.1
      
Cavan27822648481.3
Donegal548506281492.3
Monaghan21417433781.3
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES     
Border1,8281,6731233291.5
Midland1,060940112888.7
West1,6811,5261421390.8
Dublin5,6805,4661744096.2
Mid-East2,1661,9482071189.9
Mid-West1,4231,2671391789.0
South-East1,9111,7471531191.4
South-West2,5242,3961131594.9
      
PROVINCES     
Leinster10,54710,2502286997.2
Munster4,6724,4581773795.4
Connacht2,0141,8521461692.0
Ulster (part of)1,040924912588.8
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND18,27318,12614799.2
NORTHERN IRELAND535417111777.9
BRITAIN1,2821,184782092.4
ELSEWHERE1,1721,093651493.3
Table 12 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by area of residence of bride before marriage, also showing whether groom has same area of residence
  Area of residence of groom 
Area of residence of brideTotalSame area as brideDifferent area from bride: Republic of IrelandDifferent area from bride: Not Republic of IrelandPercentage of grooms from same area as bride
LOCAL AUTHORITY AREAS     
Carlow22919631285.6
Dublin City2,6112,3931912791.7
South Dublin1,0629361161088.1
Fingal1,1641,0451051489.8
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown9198071011187.8
Kildare92982796689.0
Kilkenny34328851484.0
Laois28024039185.7
Longford14411428279.2
Louth475420401588.4
Meath70662477588.4
Offaly28323844184.1
Westmeath36331742487.3
Wexford60955352490.8
Wicklow51146047490.0
      
Clare40935947387.8
Cork City46339564485.3
Cork County1,6281,4841281691.2
Kerry44539647289.0
Limerick City2061654180.1
Limerick County51744171585.3
North Tipperary27122147381.5
South Tipperary29625140584.8
Waterford City19917622188.4
Waterford County22918838382.1
      
Galway City31925655880.3
Galway County688580971184.3
Leitrim1158725375.7
Mayo44838854686.6
Roscommon22017344378.6
Sligo21919126287.2
      
Cavan285226471279.3
Donegal577506314087.7
Monaghan218174271779.8
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES     
Border1,8891,6731278988.6
Midland1,070940122887.9
West1,6751,5261212891.1
Dublin5,7565,4662286295.0
Mid-East2,1461,9481831590.8
Mid-West1,4031,2671251190.3
South-East1,9051,7471391991.7
South-West2,5362,3961182294.5
      
PROVINCES 
Leinster10,62810,25026811096.4
Munster4,6634,4581634295.6
Connacht2,0091,8521243392.2
Ulster (part of)1,080924876985.6
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND18,38018,12625498.6
NORTHERN IRELAND45541735391.6
BRITAIN1,2271,184301396.5
ELSEWHERE1,2001,093822591.1
Table 13 Marriages of opposite sex couples celebrated in each county and city during 2017 classified by form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
Province, county or cityCatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianThe Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association Total
TOTAL11,219379641,0831,0115,8901,61621,262
         
LEINSTER4,578203137756283,58299310,772
Carlow178426179923347
Dublin City472292451031,8761562,683
South Dublin264102838238371
Fingal2393160374639425
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown19225221242340327
Kildare46418122982861301,118
Kilkenny32081221915330553
Laois2351515183022335
Longford11933312158
Louth32892363015444603
Meath548143196762262301,293
Offaly22271774711311
Westmeath254425447035432
Wexford415181561622349778
Wicklow3283611031012951741,038
         
MUNSTER3,6446612022041,3654905,972
Clare414430574171617
Cork City271381043149772
Cork County1,0352855611631871529
Kerry6426472315979956
Limerick City1003432314345
Limerick County3812732526444
North Tipperary296515167432438
South Tipperary22741098522357
Waterford City602131410610205
Waterford County218911385010309
         
CONNACHT1,85427251130571792,714
Galway City17376215719283
Galway County5623126826723935
Leitrim134333325180
Mayo560112148515687
Roscommon22368438288
Sligo2021321216879341
         
ULSTER (part of)1,14383485549372541,804
Cavan29021430199625485
Donegal6393831152423310990
Monaghan21424131064319329
         
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES        
Border1,80710852106986451122928
Midland830296069178701,236
West1,5181136111452652,193
Dublin1,1676751542021,9682433,806
Mid-East1,3406844212758075343,449
Mid-West1,1911456793711331,844
South-East1,418453140837161442,549
South-West1,94837110947533153,257
Table 13A Same Sex marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2017 classified by form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
Province, county or cityCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association The Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsTotal
TOTAL5271117645759
      
LEINSTER369745522520
Carlow617
Dublin City2582747296
South Dublin1214
Fingal103518
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown644115
Kildare1795334
Kilkenny713112
Laois13217
Longford22
Louth135119
Meath61117438
Offaly22
Westmeath53210
Wexford142622
Wicklow2174234
      
MUNSTER7929129129
Clare32229
Cork City2922134
Cork County7111221
Kerry1041318
Limerick City12214
Limerick County11
North Tipperary3115
South Tipperary516
Waterford City72312
Waterford County33219
      
CONNACHT57231375
Galway City811616
Galway County241530
Leitrim22
Mayo819
Roscommon426
Sligo11112
      
ULSTER (part of)2266135
Cavan23218
Donegal201223
Monaghan224
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES     
Border48117268
Midland1035321
West44231261
Dublin27536148333
Mid-East4427269106
Mid-West1863229
South-East42914368
South-West46174673
Table 13B Same Sex marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2017 classified by sex and form of ceremony
 Male  Female 
Province, county or cityCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association The Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsTotal male Civil marriagesThe Humanist Association The Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsTotal female
TOTAL298613827424 229503818335
            
LEINSTER215372415291 15437317229
Carlow44 213
Dublin City158176181 1001041115
South Dublin112 112
Fingal52310 5128
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown3227 32218
Kildare931114 864220
Kilkenny41117 325
Laois22 1315
Longford11 11
Louth8210 5319
Meath368320 359118
Offaly22 
Westmeath1124 426
Wexford52512 9110
Wicklow1111215 106319
            
MUNSTER44198778 35104251
Clare3115 1214
Cork City1822123 1111
Cork County481114 3317
Kerry421310 628
Limerick City729 55
Limerick County 11
North Tipperary2114 11
South Tipperary213 33
Waterford City123 6219
Waterford County32117 112
            
CONNACHT2712535 3011840
Galway City4127 4149
Galway County101314 14216
Leitrim22 
Mayo44 415
Roscommon112 314
Sligo66 516
            
ULSTER (part of)124420 1022115
Cavan2327 11
Donegal1010 101213
Monaghan123 11
            
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES           
Border286438 2053230
Midland4329 632112
West1912527 2511734
Dublin1672256200 1081492133
Mid-East231010649 211716357
Mid-West1241118 622111
South-East1969236 2335132
South-West26124547 205126
Table 14 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by area of residence of groom and form of ceremony
Form of ceremony 
Area of residence of groomCatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianThe Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist AssociationTotal
TOTAL11,219379641,0831,0115,8901,61621,262
         
LEINSTER4,781186106975643,43887110,547
Carlow13161086510230
Dublin City9053821601551,0652752,600
South Dublin38615941013351051,036
Fingal466141110613911121,155
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown3643825741272115889
Kildare43911744828063915
Kilkenny22841449710348
Laois190710114811277
Longford95253372144
Louth25362261912425455
Meath36162623119958719
Offaly1916811625283
Westmeath205318248917356
Wexford3591023718821608
Wicklow20820364018642532
         
MUNSTER2,8094521281121,2753014,672
Clare239281012026405
Cork City199271518248453
Cork County98823153443891241,622
Kerry3082989923449
Limerick City116526411198
Limerick County358511913024537
North Tipperary18561336511283
South Tipperary20019117313307
Waterford City891748312196
Waterford County1273166709222
         
CONNACHT1,365214070459592,014
Galway City149262211215306
Galway County4945122014418693
Leitrim6833266106
Mayo34411117912457
Roscommon166174452225
Sligo14410410536227
         
ULSTER (part of)74039212015191141,040
Cavan18412382627278
Donegal400241448953548
Monaghan1563485344214
         
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:        
Border1,20558235047394511,828
Midland681184149236351,060
West1,15383657380471,681
Dublin2,12110554213582,0636075,680
Mid-East1,0083721721196651632,166
Mid-West898133724379721,423
South-East1,1342525940576751,911
South-West1,49527169676701952,524
         
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND9,695291338857615,3631,24518,273
NORTHERN IRELAND2392822294113541535
BRITAIN70242771971811821,282
ELSEWHERE583182981122111481,172
Table 15 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by area of residence of bride and form of ceremony
Form of ceremony 
Area of residence of brideCatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianThe Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist AssociationTotal
TOTAL11,219379641,0831,0115,8901,61621,262
         
LEINSTER4,828187137005653,44988610,628
Carlow13231186411229
Dublin City9023811631571,0742762,611
South Dublin40511941013401111,062
Fingal477131109583921141,164
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown3664345543290118919
Kildare45611774927363929
Kilkenny215713410013343
Laois184715135110280
Longford94252383144
Louth26762281812727475
Meath35753583219556706
Offaly1955711605283
Westmeath214419268317363
Wexford35913123518622609
Wicklow20519333817640511
         
MUNSTER2,8194321271131,2602994,663
Clare2482171011427409
Cork City213381617944463
Cork County9921953453881311,628
Kerry30621179920445
Limerick City122536214206
Limerick County34179812824517
North Tipperary17451346510271
South Tipperary1961997011296
Waterford City931758211199
Waterford County1343156737229
         
CONNACHT1,372233973450522,009
Galway City160372311313319
Galway County4944112014316688
Leitrim80313226115
Mayo33810127810448
Roscommon163165432220
Sligo13712410515219
         
ULSTER (part of)77338282015190161,080
Cavan184111846710285
Donegal429231949912577
Monaghan1604882324218
         
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:        
Border1,25759305346390541,889
Midland687184652232351,070
West1,15583460377411,675
Dublin2,15010564213592,0966195,756
Mid-East1,0183531681196441592,146
Mid-West8851413425369751,403
South-East1,1292835837575751,905
South-West1,5112472686661952,536
         
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND9,792291438867665,3491,25318,380
NORTHERN IRELAND1772714303812841455
BRITAIN67844668931651731,227
ELSEWHERE572171991142481491,200
Table 16 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January2145584279196104545
February7297438107351227833
March123934542485243591,270
April557355682175616651,694
May4010179792126385381,687
June566377763359367532,296
July461231041053498899912,607
August1061011441444709468662,777
September517668723171,0169262,526
October5966100572326516791,844
November184551591695044121,258
December20541122163226285731,925
Total4918159561,0103,0577,8407,09321,262
Table 16A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January146751134
February1642818645
March2341214540
April45551116753
May13751114748
June456517361285
July3107132034996
August271252723783
September249618392098
October7851032466
November26581224461
December3351026350
Total2062757016128784759
Table 16B All Marriages registered in 2017 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January2249644984207104579
February8357840115369233878
March124137582605383641,310
April597860732285776721,747
May4110486842236525451,735
June606883813529727652,381
July491331111183699231,0002,703
August1081081561494979698732,860
September538077783351,0559462,624
October5973108622426836831,910
November205156671815284161,319
December20571152213326545761,975
Total5118771,0311,0803,2188,1277,17722,021
Table 17 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by form of ceremony and previous civil status of partners
 Form of ceremony 
Marriages contracted betweenCatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianThe Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist AssociationTotal
Total11,219379641,0831,0115,8901,61621,262
Single men and single women10,955339598517464,2441,36218,556
Single men and widows23113532368
Widowers and single women4217633493
Widowers and widows1929232
Divorced men and single women951621101256081381,094
Single men and divorced women6491606248053729
Divorced men and widows34431345
Widowers and divorced women834754379
Divorced men and divorced women10101445339748563
Other123
Table 17A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by form of ceremony and previous civil status of partners
 Form of ceremony
Marriages contracted betweenCivil marriagesThe Humanist AssociationThe Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsTotal
Total Male298613827424
Total Female229503818335
      
Single men and single men213543525327
Male civil partners and male civil partners6321268
Divorced men and divorced men11
Single men and divorced men2051 26
Widowers and single men11
Other men11
      
Single women and single women148443417243
Female civil partners and female civil partners5211155
Divorced women and divorced women33
Single women and divorced women2153 29
Widows and single women22
Other women33
Table 18 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by area of residence and previous civil status of groom
Area of residence of groomSingle menWidowersDivorceesOtherTotal
TOTAL19,3532041,702321,262
      
LEINSTER9,540110894310,547
Carlow203324230
Dublin City2,3962517812,600
South Dublin93312911,036
Fingal1,026812011,155
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown8021869889
Kildare819888915
Kilkenny32424348
Laois2564161277
Longford13212144
Louth415733455
Meath643967719
Offaly268114283
Westmeath314537356
Wexford540563608
Wicklow469558532
 
MUNSTER4,283503394,672
Clare363537405
Cork City422229453
Cork County1,509101031,622
Kerry416726449
Limerick City177318198
Limerick County494538537
North Tipperary260221283
South Tipperary268930307
Waterford City175219196
Waterford County199518222
      
CONNACHT1,857201372,014
Galway City283320306
Galway County636750693
Leitrim9916106
Mayo421333457
Roscommon210213225
Sligo208415227
      
ULSTER (part of)9739581,040
Cavan251324278
Donegal517427548
Monaghan20527214
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:     
Border1,695211121,828
Midland970107911,060
West1,550151161,681
Dublin5,1576345825,680
Mid-East1,931222132,166
Mid-West1,294151141,423
South-East1,709241781,911
South-West2,347191582,524
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND16,6531891,428318,273
NORTHERN IRELAND486247535
BRITAIN1,15961171,282
ELSEWHERE1,05571101,172
Table 19 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by area of residence and previous civil status of bride
Area of residence of brideSingle womenWidowsDivorceesOtherTotal
TOTAL19,7451451,371121,262
     
LEINSTER9,85183693110,628
Carlow207517229
Dublin City2,467181262,611
South Dublin9866701,062
Fingal1,07288311,164
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown858655919
Kildare854867929
Kilkenny323119343
Laois261415280
Longford1368144
Louth435535475
Meath642559706
Offaly266314283
Westmeath328431363
Wexford548556609
Wicklow468538511
      
MUNSTER4,305343244,663
Clare379327409
Cork City427234463
Cork County1,514131011,628
Kerry421222445
Limerick City186317206
Limerick County48532517
North Tipperary237232271
South Tipperary275219296
Waterford City182215199
Waterford County199525229
      
CONNACHT1,888141072,009
Galway City299416319
Galway County650335688
Leitrim1114115
Mayo416527448
Roscommon206113220
Sligo206112219
      
ULSTER (part of)1,0183591,080
Cavan26520285
Donegal548227577
Monaghan205112218
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:     
Border1,77091101,889
Midland99111681,070
West1,57113911,675
Dublin5,3833833415,756
Mid-East1,964181642,146
Mid-West1,28781081,403
South-East1,734201511,905
South-West2,362171572,536
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND17,0621341,183118,380
NORTHERN IRELAND414140455
BRITAIN1,1476741,227
ELSEWHERE1,1224741,200
Table 20 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by age of groom and bride in single years; all marriages
Age ofAge of bride
groom16 & under17181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950-5455-5960-6465 & overAll ages
All ages817716262571131342173666079561,3861,7802,0362,0711,7221,5631,2711,00588571555950138431225122221018816514113113545026014410521,262
16 & under
17347
18532114611152
192813124241
202169123511 2 11154
211176955221121144
22597320941122111167
23116810784553332212172
24341216141921115321322111121
25133413193731231520572432111195
2613231022337074522721131021044431111372
272321121479712397573027911146142511571
2825213524481031602101269140372410119241131932
2921681630661422513082001205443191655433111,304
3024820254311619634437222488704328171042322211,626
31275224183151253361378191109633634138842111,773
3215819387312919228235926915989644517226534232111,798
33131431028519814518224127520915670532711116323211,596
34354112044619914317120322016711866432211104231221,435
351435512273767103138172159174129915243239641111111,270
36612192434771051121471291129273422911167444133121,069
373139924424683919391991166838322497755131910
38247202627465676677366706149231415210152111725
391388131625285458566071715951311911116233321674
4012815153029393839505354384220798644422519
4122345141525384635443939364837138141333214493
42111225115817252926352634413527268159656271416
431214121081019152131273118292518125731172320
441116410412141916211129211823212416948310306
451136698139132030109252214121010671211258
46231328589114141515131781817768103207
472132210674107111112141412181114128115207
48111522469867811671481411571951168
491 11362261052131281511414813819521172
50-542135225776201929212617283038363837421284342598
55-5911144882871387171517131911973259379
60-6411111414337325681456725119263
65 & over11111245512638495873248
Table 21 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by age of groom and bride in single years; first marriages only
Age ofAge of bride
groom16 & under17181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950-5455-5960-6465 & overAll ages
All ages817716161571131302143565939371,3571,7511,9792,0061,6611,4741,17792479159844838127722415312711693805544521153612718,556
16 & under 
17347
18532114611152
192813124241
2021691235121152
21117695522112143
225973209411221165
2311681078454333121168
24341216141921105321321111119
251234131937312315205722321 1191
26132310223270745226201210293442111364
272321121469712197572925710136142311559
282521352446101160208126913937231010914111919
292168163066141249307200120544119165541311,295
3024820254311519634237122186704225161032221211,609
3127521418215125135937619010763353310864211,754
32148193673125192276351269154876141152134332111,750
33131431028509714417723826920614569482599532 21,548
343 539164458981401662002121611136541181082221111,379
3514255122535641001351671531681248647382366411111,214
36  5918233273981061381211078465372391364421131983
372139721414476878887931076534292276542111843
38247152222435271656664665539181011282111647
39127712152224525453576763514324181084213600
4026121429243632324448463136136754433 1438
41223251010203438293730332736288610922113388
421112151108151922242523253429221856552412316
4311141086101313152422241521191311453 111246
4411143938131810106181414151217981623206
452436667912227512158553258 152
461222534773910128114111042142124
472121272434487698711866441117
481312143335713776722472
491123158217841182325261184
50-5412213338712317594141510717357185
55-59111421232231826133174
60-6411133995133
65 & over111624419
Table 22 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by age and previous civil status of groom
AgeSingle MenWidowersDivorceesOtherTotal
Total19,3532041,702321,262
Age of groom     
Under 20100100
20-24358358
25-293,365813,374
30-348,1645598,228
35-394,446819314,648
40-441,755122872,054
45-49684183101,012
50-54257363041598
55-5912521233379
60 and over99104308511
Average age of groom34.559.750.538.836.1
Table 23 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2017 classified by age and previous civil status of bride
AgeSingle womenWidowsDivorceesOtherTotal
Total19,7451451,371121,262
Age of bride     
Under 20158158
20-2458111583
25-295,0621325,095
30-348,53641238,663
35-393,418182293,665
40-441,129152351,379
45-49491202481760
50-5422919202450
55-598515160260
60 and over5652141249
Average age of bride33.054.146.947.434.1
Table 23A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by previous civil status and average age of partners
TotalCivil PartnersSingleWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnersSurviving Civil PartnersAverage age of partners
1,5182541,192364540.4
Table 23B Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by previous civil status and average age of male partners
TotalCivil PartnersSingleWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnersSurviving Civil PartnersAverage age of partners
848140678128140.3
Table 23C Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by previous civil status and average age of female partners
TotalCivil PartnersSingleWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnersSurviving Civil PartnersAverage age of partners
670114514236440.5
Table 24 Same Sex Marriages registered in 2017 classified by future area of residence of partners
Area of residence of partnersAll Same Sex MarriagesMale Same Sex MarriagesFemale Same Sex Marriages
TOTAL759424335
    
LEINSTER495273222
Carlow651
Dublin City23615383
South Dublin492227
Fingal411922
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown492227
Kildare24816
Kilkenny624
Laois835
Longford321
Louth1679
Meath1284
Offaly321
Westmeath945
Wexford1578
Wicklow1899
    
MUNSTER824240
Clare22
Cork City23158
Cork County211110
Kerry422
Limerick City1064
Limerick County945
North Tipperary22
South Tipperary312
Waterford City22
Waterford County615
    
CONNACHT492425
Galway City1376
Galway County1358
Leitrim541
Mayo853
Roscommon413
Sligo624
    
ULSTER (part of)1394
Cavan211
Donegal853
Monaghan33
    
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES   
Border402218
Midland231112
West381820
Dublin375216159
Mid-East542529
Mid-West231211
South-East381622
South-West482820
  
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND639348291
Northern Ireland291415
Outside the State916229
Table A Divorce, Judicial Separation and Nullity applications received and granted by the courts in the year ending December 2015
  Divorce applications Judicial Separation applications Nullity applications Civil Partnership applications
 CountyReceivedGranted ReceivedGranted ReceivedGranted ReceivedGranted
Total4,3143,289 1,419827 3514 7822
            
Circuit Court 
Leinster  2,5281,976 785523 137 5114
CarlowCarlow6852 1410  
DublinDublin1,5521,235 440283 105 4112
NaasKildare141115 103130 2 
Kilkenny Kilkenny7850 318  2
PortlaoiseLaois6448 1910  32
LongfordLongford2622 83  1
DundalkLouth100102 4823  2
TrimMeath115116 3721  
TullamoreOffaly6340 219  
MullingarWestmeath7766 257 1 
WexfordWexford14376 248 1 
WicklowWicklow10154 1511 1 2
          
Munster 1,128902 372202 126 206
EnnisClare10471 3423 1 
CorkCork481376 16687 71 22
TraleeKerry11192 3728 12 114
LimerickLimerick172156 5733 21 
ClonmelTipperary142118 4624 1 7
WaterfordWaterford11889 327 2 
         
Connacht 464218 15543 61 21
GalwayGalway26133 983 5 2
Carrick on ShannonLeitrim1828 63  
CastlebarMayo10082 2610 1 1
RoscommonRoscommon3627 139  
SligoSligo4948 1218 1 
         
Ulster 170168 7221 2 21
CavanCavan6449 215  1
LetterkennyDonegal8082 277 1 11
MonaghanMonaghan2637 249 1 
          
Total Circuit Court 4,2903,264 1,384789 3314 7522
*High Court 2425 3538 2 3
Supreme Court    
*High Court figures are provisional
Source: Courts Service
2015 is the latest available data

Background Notes

Source

These statistics have been compiled from the marriage registration forms of all marriages registered in the Republic of Ireland in 2017.

The release has been prepared by the Central Statistics Office for the Minister for Social Protection in accordance with the provisions of Section 2 of the Vital Statistics and Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1952.

Methodology

Where the weekday and month of a marriage are specified in this release, it refers to the date on which the marriage occurred. Note that some marriages registered in 2017 (and hence included in these statistics) occurred in years before 2017.

Form of Ceremony

Marriages celebrated according to the rites and ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church, the rites and ceremonies of the Church of Ireland, the forms and disciplines of the Presbyterian Church,  the usages of the Methodist Church, the usages of people professing the Jewish religion, The Spiritualist Union of Ireland and the Humanist Association have been classified under their respective religions.   The usages of certain other Religious Bodies have been classified under 'other religious'.  (Tables 1, 13,13A,13B, 14, 15 and 17 refer).

 

Standard Occupation Codes (SOC2010)

This classification is determined by a person’s occupation.  The men and women whose marriages were registered from 2012 onwards were classified by standard occupation codes.  This replaces the socio-economic group classification used up to 2011. 

Standard Occupation Codes      Occupations included are as listed 
0 Unemployed, Retired, Student and occupation unknown
1 Managers, Directors and Senior officials
2 Professional occupations
3 Associate professional and Technical occupations 
4 Administrative and Secretarial occupations
5 Skilled trades occupations
6 Caring, Leisure and other service occupations
7 Sales and Customer service occupations
8 Process, Plant and Machine operatives
9 Elementary occupations

 

http://www.bls.gov/soc/soc_structure_2010.pdf

Area of residence

Four classifications of district are available: that in which the marriage took place, the areas of residence of the bride and groom prior to marriage, and the intended future residence.

Age specific marriage rates

The age specific marriage rates are calculated as follows:

Age Specific Rate = Number of Males (or Females) of that age whose marriages were registered multiplied by 1,000 and divided by Population of Males (or Females) of that age. The small number of marriages for which the age is not stated are distributed in proportion before this calculation is made.

Marriages per 1,000 population

This is calculated for each year as follows:

Marriages per 1,000 population = Number of Marriages registered multiplied by 1,000 and divided by population.   The 2017 usual residence population is 4,792,490.

Same Sex Marriage Legislation

The Marriage Act 2015 (No 35/2015) effective from the 16th November 2015 (S.I 504/15 refers) allows parties of the same sex to marry.

NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions

The regional classifications in this release are based on the NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units) classification used by Eurostat. The NUTS3 regions correspond to the eight Regional Authorities established under the Local Government Act, 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993, which came into operation on 1 January 1994. The NUTS2 regions, which were proposed by Government and agreed by Eurostat in 1999, are groupings of the NUTS3 regions. The composition of the regions is set out below.

Border, Midland and Western NUTS2 Region      Southern and Eastern NUTS2 Region  
           
Border Cavan     Dublin Dublin City 
  Donegal       Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 
  Leitrim       Fingal 
  Louth       South Dublin  
  Monaghan        
  Sligo     Mid-East  Kildare 
          Meath 
Midland Laois       Wicklow 
  Longford        
  Offaly     Mid-West  Clare 
  Westmeath       Limerick City 
          Limerick County 
West Galway City       North Tipperary 
  Galway County        
  Mayo     South-East  Carlow 
  Roscommon       Kilkenny 
          South Tipperary 
          Waterford City 
          Waterford County 
          Wexford 
           
        South-West  Cork City 
          Cork County 
          Kerry 

EU-28 countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Usual residence population concept

For the purpose of this release the population concept of usual residence has been used, i.e. all persons usually resident and present in the State on census night plus absent persons who are usually resident in Ireland but are temporarily away from home and outside the State on census night.  All persons are classified according to their region of usual residence.

 

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