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CSO statistical release, 15 April 2016, 11am

Marriages and Civil Partnerships

2015

 20152014
Marriages22,02522,045
Marriages per 1,000 population4.84.8
Average Age of Groom35.335.0
Average Age of Bride33.233.0
Civil Marriage Ceremonies6,1566,167
Civil Partnerships 376392

The average age of brides and grooms is the highest recorded to date

Fig. 1 The average age of brides and groom is the highest recorded to date
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The average age of grooms in 2015 was 35.3 years , 0.3 years more than the average age in 2014.  In the past 50 years, the average age of grooms has decreased from 29.4 years in 1965 to a low of 26.2 years in 1977 and has increased to a high of 35.3 years in 2015.  A similar trend is evident for brides with the average age decreasing from 26.0 in 1965 to 24.0 in 1977 and has increased to a high of 33.2 in 2015.  See table 1 and Fig 1.

The number of marriages registered in 2015 was 22,025 which equates to a crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of 4.8 per 1,000 population. This is just 20 marriages less than in 2014 when 22,045 marriages took place.  There is no change in the corresponding marriage rate of 4.8 per thousand of the population.  See table 1.

 

In 2015, religious ceremonies accounted for the highest porportion of marriages (66.3%).   There were 12,486 (56.7%) Catholic Marriage ceremonies, 393 (1.8%) Church of Ireland ceremonies, 73 (0.3%) Presbyterian ceremonies while The Spiritualist Union of Ireland, performed 822 (3.7%) marriage ceremonies in 2015.  The remaining 831 (3.8%) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.  Civil Marriage ceremonies were the most popular choice for non-religious marriage ceremonies accounting for 6,156 (28%) of all marriages.  In recent years the Humanist Association has also risen in popularity with 1,264 (5.7%) of marriages in 2015.  See tables 1, 3 and 17, and fig. 2.

X-axis labelMarriages by form of ceremony, 2015
Roman
Catholic
56.7
Civil
Marriages
28
Humanist
Association
5.7
Spiritualist
Union
3.7
Other
Religious
4.1
Church of Ireland1.8

Civil marriage ceremonies were the most common form of ceremony for 58.2% of grooms and 63.4% of brides aged 45 and over.  See table 3.

In 2015, the average age of the groom in Civil marriages was 37.8 years and the average age of the groom in Roman Catholic marriages was 33.7 years. The average age of the bride in Civil marriages was 35.2 years and the average age of the bride in Roman Catholic marriages was 31.9 years.  See table 3.

At a NUTS3 regional level, 37.5% of grooms and brides in the Dublin region had Civil marriage ceremonies.  By contrast, 19.9% of grooms and 19.2% brides living in the Border region opted for a Civil marriage ceremony.  See tables 14 and 15.

August was the most popular month for marriages in 2015

  • For the fourth consecutive year, August was  the most popular month for marriage.  In 2015, 13.3% (or 2,927) of marriages occurred in August.  Over a quarter (26.5%) 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 767 (3.5%) of marriages occurring during that month.  See table 16.
  • Friday and Saturday were the most popular days of the week to get married with 69.2% of marriages occurring on those days.  The least popular day was Sunday when 437 couples wed (2%).  See table 16.
  • Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st  August were the most popular dates for marriage in 2015 with 276 (over 1%) marriages taking place on each of these days. These were followed by Friday 4th September, when 248 (over 1%) marriages occurred.  Other sought after dates were New Years Eve, Saturday 30th May and Friday 7th of August with 247 marriage celebrations on each of these days.
  • In 2013 (most recent available data) Lithuania had the highest crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of the EU 28 Member States with a rate of 6.9 per 1,000 population. Bulgaria and Slovenia had the lowest rates, with 3.0 marriages per 1,000 population.  In 2013 Ireland had a marriage rate of 4.5 per thousand population and was ranked  13th, along with Croatia and the United Kingdom. Ireland had a marriage rate of 4.8 per thousand population in 2014 and 2015. (The latest available data for Belgium and France was for 2012, and 2011 was the latest data available for the UK)  See fig. 3.

 

 

EU-28Marriage rate
Lithuania6.9
Cyprus6.4
Malta6.1
Lavtia5.7
Romania5.4
Sweden5.4
Denmark4.9
Ireland 20154.8
Greece4.7
Poland4.7
Slovakia4.7
Finland4.6
Germany4.6
Ireland 20134.5
United Kingdom4.5
Croatia4.5
Austria4.3
Estonia4.3
Czech Republic4.1
Belgium3.8
Netherlands3.8
France3.7
Hungary3.7
Spain3.3
Italy3.2
Luxembourg3.2
Portugal3.1
Bulgaria3
Slovenia3

Groom older than bride in just over 63% of marriages

The average age of grooms and brides in 2015 was 35.3 years and 33.2 years respectively.  The average age of grooms marrying for the first time was 33.9 years and for brides the average age was 32.3 years.   See tables 22 and 23.

In 2015, the groom was older than the bride in 63.1% of marriages. This was generally witnessed across all age groups except in the case of grooms under 25, where the bride was older in 44.3% of marriages, the same age in 18.3% and younger in 37.4%.  See tables 7, 8.

In 2015, 2.9% of grooms were under the age of 25 and 39% of grooms were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  For brides, 5.1% were under the age of 25 and 27.3% were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  See table 1.

At a local authority level, Carlow, Donegal, Monaghan and Roscommon all had the lowest average age for grooms at 34.4 years.  At the other end of the scale, Waterford County had the highest average age for grooms at 36.7 years. Monaghan had the lowest average age for brides at 31.5 years and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown had the highest average age at 34.7 years.  See tables 9 and 10.

88% of marriages were first time marriages

In 2015, 88.1% (19,400) of marriages were the first marriage for both the groom and bride.  The breakdown between grooms and brides was 20,250 (91.9%) grooms and 20,546 (93.3%) brides marrying for the first time.  See tables 17, 22 and 23.

There were 2,442 marriages involving at least one divorced person in 2015, including 486 marriages where both parties were divorced.  Civil ceremonies accounted for 1,612 of these marriages, 220 were Humanist ceremonies, 200 were other religious ceremonies, 190 were Catholic ceremonies, 178 were Spiritualist Union of Ireland ceremonies,  34 were Church of Ireland ceremonies and 8 were presbyterian ceremonies.  See table 17.

Couples residing outside Ireland before marriage account for nearly 12% of marriages

Marriages where both the bride and groom were residing in Ireland before marriage accounted for 85.9% (18,920) of marriages.  In 2015, 2,612 (11.9%) marriages involved both the bride and groom living outside the State before marriage.   See tables 11 and 12.

A total of 92.1% of grooms residing in Dublin City married brides who were also residing in Dublin City.  In contrast,  just 75.4% of Leitrim grooms married brides living in Leitrim.  In relation to brides, 91.8% of brides residing in Dublin City married grooms from the same area, while at the other end of the scale over three-quarters (75.7%) of Roscommon brides married grooms residing in Roscommon.  See tables 11 and 12.

The future permanent residence of married couples was stated to be outside Ireland in 12.9% (2,845) of marriages in 2015.  This compares to 2,668 (12%) in 2014.  See table 1.

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

In 2015, 22.8% (5,020) of all marriages involved the bride and groom being of the same socio-economic group.

Over half (55.6%) of grooms and two-fifths (41%) of brides in the 'Professional Occupations’ socio-economic group married an individual in the same group, 18.8% of grooms and 25% of brides in the ‘Associate Professional and Technical Occupations’ married within their own group.  Almost 14% of grooms and 18.5% of brides in the 'Managers, Directors and Senior Officials’ category married persons in the same socio-economic group.  In the ‘Elementary Occupations’ group, 13.9% of grooms and 23.1% of brides married within the group.  

There was a greater disparity apparent for the following socio-economic groups – In the 'Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown' group 41.6% of grooms and 16.4% of brides married within their group.  In the 'Caring, Leisure and Other Services Occupations' only 3.5% of brides and 25.3% of grooms married a partner from this group, 2.2% of grooms and 22.6% of brides in the ‘Process Plant and Machine Operatives’ category married a partner within the group.  In the ‘Skilled Trades Occupations’ category 2.5% of grooms and 39% of brides married within their own group.  For those in the Administrative and Secretarial Occupations’ 25.5% of grooms and 7.7% of brides married within the group.  In the ‘Sales and Customer Services group', 20.9% of grooms and 11% of brides married within the group. See table 6 and background notes.

Civil Partnerships - over three-quarters (78.2%) resident in Leinster

There were 376 civil partnership ceremonies in 2015, 250 male unions and 126 female unions.   Over three-quarters or 78.2% (294) of these same-sex couples resided in the Leinster area with over half  (248 or 66%) living in the Dublin Region.  The Mid-East (Kildare, Meath and Wicklow) had the next highest number of civil partnerships registered in 2015 (25) and this  accounted for 6.6% of all civil partnerships registered in that year.  There were no civil partnerships registered in, Carlow, North Tipperary, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan or Monaghan.  See Table 1A.

Previous Marital Status of partners in registered Civil Partnerships

Of the 752 individual partners, 719 or 95.6% were previously single, while 27 (3.6%) were divorcees and 4 were former Civil Partners.  See Tables 2A, 2B and 2C.

Average Age of Partner in Civil Partnership higher than in Marriages

The average age of partner in civil partnership couples in 2015 was 37.5 years, the average age of male partner being 36.1 (average age of groom in marriage is 35.3) and female partner slightly higher at 40.1 (average age of bride in marriage 33.2).  See Tables 2A, 2B and 2C.

Of all the male partnerships, 37.6% indicate that there is a 1- 4 year difference in ages. Almost 52.4% of female partnerships indicate that there is 1-4 year age gap between couples.  In 2015,  6% of males and 9.5% of female partnerships show no age difference between partners.  See Table 6A.

91 same-sex marriages in 2015 

Same-sex marriages legislation came into effect on the 16th November 2015.  In the period to the end of 2015, there were 91 same-sex marriages in the State.  This figure comprised of 47 male couples and 44 female couples.

Number of divorces granted decreased by over 10%

The most recent divorce data available is for 2014.  There were 2,629 divorces granted by the Circuit Court and the High Court in 2014.  This was an decrease of 320 on the 2013 figure.  See Table A.

Population

The estimated population (usual residence) in April 2015 was 4,635,400.

Table 1 Summary data for marriages 1994-1996, 2002 and 2004-2015          
                
  199419951996 2002 200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
State 16,62115,60416,174 20,556 20,97921,35522,08922,75622,18721,62720,59419,85520,71320,68022,04522,025
                  
Marriages per 1,000 population4.64.34.5 5.2 5.25.25.25.24.94.84.54.34.54.54.84.8
                  
Average age of groom29.830.030.2 32.5 33.033.133.233.433.834.034.134.634.734.935.035.3
                  
Average age of bride27.828.128.4 30.4 30.931.031.231.331.731.832.032.532.632.833.033.2
                  
Percentage of marriages by%%% % %%%%%%%%%%%%
age of groom  
  Under 20 0.70.50.5 0.7 0.60.50.60.50.50.50.50.50.50.60.40.4
  20-24 14.912.810.8 5.4 4.54.84.74.03.03.33.02.32.52.42.32.4
  25-29 47.446.546.3 34.6 31.530.329.429.127.727.225.422.421.820.019.718.5
  30-34 24.327.329.0 34.9 36.637.037.037.537.536.838.339.739.841.040.539.7
  35-39 7.37.88.2 13.6 14.914.715.716.317.017.317.818.618.819.019.720.6
  40 and over 5.45.15.2 10.8 11.912.612.712.714.114.915.016.516.617.017.318.4
                  
Percentage of marriages by%%% % %%%%%%%%%%%%
age of bride   
  Under 20 1.61.61.2 1.2 1.11.21.41.10.91.31.41.11.11.11.11.1
  20-24 27.323.721.6 11.7 9.59.68.67.86.87.25.74.94.74.34.44.0
  25-29 47.549.149.5 42.9 40.939.739.039.438.136.034.932.631.329.428.727.2
  30-34 16.718.819.9 28.3 31.531.532.132.433.633.836.237.638.739.739.540.4
  35-39 4.14.45.1 9.4 9.710.311.111.411.912.112.613.513.614.714.815.1
  40 and over 2.82.42.7 6.5 7.27.67.97.88.79.69.310.310.510.811.512.2
                  
Form of ceremony                
  Roman Catholic15,20014,15814,607 15,908 15,97815,86716,21116,85415,97814,62413,78113,15613,49712,92113,07212,486
  Church of Ireland434425483 781 539553530526534447427448433453445393
  Presbyterian 517691 112 127119161176160111896784728173
  Methodist 332538 40 211726203221271519252726
  Jewish 312 6 45215111
  Other religious 502825 26 243232331842052794018831,112538804
  Civil marriages 850891928 3,683 4,2864,7625,1275,1465,2996,2145,9915,7685,7976,0966,1676,156
  Humanist Association   8951,264
 Spiritualist Union of Ireland   819822
                    
Country of future residence                
Outside Republic of Ireland2,6612,5022,604 2,293 2,0571,8901,9171,7981,9091,8351,7621,8432,0652,3162,6682,845
  Northern Ireland235216271 256 281257346330367362289304318319432421
  England and Wales1,4771,3381,295 1,119 1,0479909329159818998108469259471,0581,117
  Scotland 606664 86 786784759586769264807497
  Europe (remainder)166203222 182 130129115113114124146139148152157150
  U.S.A 509490570 480 353281248211165158164169176198192214
  Elsewhere 214189182 170 168166192154187206277293434620755846
Not stated   49121111
                  
Percentage of marriages with %%% % %%%%%%%%%%%%
country of residence outside  
Republic of Ireland16.016.016.1 11.2 9.98.98.77.98.68.58.69.310.011.212.112.9
                    
Table 2 Age specific marriage rates, 2012-2015
          
AgeMarriages per 1,000 males at specified ages Marriages per 1,000 females at specified ages
2012201320142015 2012201320142015
All ages, 16-4917.717.919.419.5 17.818.119.419.5
         
16-190.91.10.70.8 2.22.22.32.2
          
202.32.52.42.4 3.93.65.34.4
212.61.82.33.5 4.84.65.65.6
222.43.13.53.5 5.55.66.56.4
234.84.14.34.8 7.58.98.69.6
246.56.97.87.9 12.612.013.612.1
          
20-243.73.74.14.5 7.07.08.17.8
          
2510.310.212.111.6 17.918.419.919.6
2616.416.217.817.8 26.927.927.427.7
2726.322.927.226.1 38.335.738.436.3
2837.336.237.537.1 45.245.549.751.0
2944.345.349.648.0 49.751.057.958.2
          
25-2927.726.929.729.0 36.536.639.839.9
          
3048.351.156.055.8 51.751.455.362.5
3147.749.956.555.9 46.050.554.755.3
3245.346.652.953.6 39.939.545.047.9
3339.942.145.548.8 34.134.937.440.0
3433.837.437.440.5 26.628.630.330.7
          
30-3443.145.349.350.5 39.941.044.346.6
          
3531.529.734.533.7 21.924.326.725.0
3622.724.128.429.8 17.419.120.820.3
3720.319.921.025.2 15.214.615.616.6
3817.619.219.318.7 12.012.312.313.1
3915.015.716.916.9 10.611.911.411.3
          
35-3921.521.824.125.0 15.516.517.517.5
          
4011.813.414.612.8 8.59.19.28.6
419.912.011.013.1 6.75.87.48.0
429.18.99.711.5 5.66.66.76.7
439.07.88.58.6 4.74.55.86.7
447.06.77.87.4 4.04.54.86.0
          
40-449.49.810.310.7 6.06.26.87.2
          
456.45.67.27.3 4.04.45.04.8
465.35.75.35.8 4.23.93.34.3
474.54.85.65.5 3.23.63.54.5
484.63.94.44.6 3.32.53.33.1
494.13.93.84.8 2.82.93.43.7
          
45-495.04.85.35.6 3.53.53.74.1
          
Table 3 Marriages registered in 2015 classified according to age of groom/age of bride and form of ceremony
         
AgeForm of ceremonyTotal
CatholicChurchPresbyterian Other religiousCivil MarriagesThe HumanistThe Spiritualist
 of Ireland  denominations AssociationUnion of Ireland
Age of groom        
Under 20861693
20-241861033629136535
25-292,45376261421,0951691144,075
30-345,826154282221,6825113118,734
35-392,6158451811,1473141984,544
40-44853325115669111851,870
45-49292122444455749901
50-5492101442935133524
55-593061262312312329
60 and over5392202972514420
Total12,486393738316,1561,26482222,025
         
Age of bride        
Under 2012710101238
20-24300114684751121890
25-293,885122381561,3302731815,985
30-345,822154232601,7535623318,905
35-391,6946231619972391593,315
40-444351728260678631,283
45-49135151453774835656
50-543452322352816352
55-5922371491611208
60 and over3241013395193
Total12,486393738316,1561,26482222,025
         
Average age of groom33.735.433.337.137.836.636.635.3
         
Average age of bride31.933.230.734.735.234.534.533.2
         
    
Table 4 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by occupational group and age of groom
             
Occupational group of groomAge of groomAverage age of groom
Under 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overAll ages
Administrative and Secretarial occupations7142385220643318152190535.7
Associate professional and Technical occupations10475841,4057222641086238483,28835.0
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations11664127673030138836436.1
Elementary occupations10783927143782041036729292,00435.3
Managers, Directors and Senior officials4202836754292211186246601,91837.1
Process, Plant and Machine operatives117192422319166987343441,37538.1
Professional occupations1368412,3181,1153721478145755,03134.9
Sales and Customer service occupations337228266133401847674232.7
Skilled trades occupations81021,1162,1881,04144621712679735,39635.0
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown5517523323412063291819561,00233.3
 
Total935354,0758,7344,5441,87090152432942022,02535.3
             
Table 5 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by occupational group and age of bride
             
Occupational group of brideAge of brideAverage age of bride
Under 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overAll ages
Administrative and Secretarial occupations5506901,2735582051115934333,01834.4
Associate professional and Technical occupations8415921,167380147633820112,46733.5
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations121189289213061401025730192,63332.9
Elementary occupations4117330631316793563216101,20732.6
Managers, Directors and Senior officials14315605258118553225161,43834.8
Process, Plant and Machine operatives1635471613741313334.8
Professional occupations1721,9273,3251,021274875735246,82332.8
Sales and Customer service occupations1188454496181964619971,40732.6
Skilled trades occupations21097107613417841135135.1
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown1573186416513671631124634592,54832.6
 
Total2388905,9858,9053,3151,28365635220819322,02533.2
             
Table 6 Marriages registered in 2015 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 occupations23197711860331147661905 
Associate professional and Technical occupations41261731094257171,097195282613,288 
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations433192221336328960364 
Elementary occupations27613234327910012240206373792,004 
Managers, Directors and Senior officials271268180712669514120291901,918 
Process, Plant and Machine operatives241882591197130217105292161,375 
Professional occupations54659230045299172,796138472515,031 
Sales and Customer service occupations88658673373138155988742 
Skilled trades occupations850513903377285361,3053651376255,396 
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown60648910950314248204171,002 
Total3,0182,4672,6331,2071,4381336,8231,4073512,54822,025 
            
Table 7 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by groom's age and bride's relative age
Age of groomRelative age of brideTotal
10 or more years older5 to 9 years older1 to 4 years olderSame age1 to 4 years younger5 to 9 years younger10 or more years younger
All ages2128634,1952,8638,9013,6911,30022,025
16
17112
181124338
191514132053
Under 201525382493
203514102456
21982173580
2239281526283
23101832103410114
2463249356911202
20-2431721447718823535
251124116458220298
26143615881154291473
27195523314923736729
2817653452663663971,105
2911724353075954371,470
25-29722521,2878481,434167154,075
30126947335576583101,767
31862423337857112151,814
321258393259915198141,849
331059336219892223171,756
34835214167812295171,548
30-34502831,8391,3374,241911738,734
35736188123591317291,291
3622813285500306321,085
37525896736430643899
38510593927023847668
39523533822220060601
35-39241225213521,9471,3672114,544
40314413414117547455
41414483514715555458
42311512111513669406
43373215869359295
44272213728159256
40-4415531941185616402891,870
45152113787257247
4618218514751187
47441310455148175
4834156394630143
49261613354235149
45-4911278650248258221901
50-542235116116146170524
55-5941625127276124329
60-64161311345181197
65-6913102233363135
70-7429113153
75 and over1482235
         
Table 8 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by bride's age and groom's relative age
Age of brideRelative age of groomTotal
10 or more years older5 to 9 years older1 to 4 years olderSame age1 to 4 years younger5 to 9 years younger10 or more years younger
All ages1,3003,6918,9012,8634,19586321222,025
161135
17136111
1815274724113
19232842133109
Under 20405998383238
20243320101198
21183348713119
221539571516142
2329601041025228
2435811303522303
20-241212463597787890
254113024845356505
264518239781595769
274223056014911241,097
2878332792266161151,644
2968342971307262201,970
25-292741,2162,968848629505,985
30853179893553942012,161
31682938793374221842,021
32722558002594324921,869
33802086222194154641,594
34471674201673916351,260
30-343521,2403,7101,3372,054196168,905
35551313421232796681,004
364611124985221796797
37318918467196498624
382666123391377712480
3927571403893487410
35-391854541,038352926319413,315
40284910034583510314
4123478535503313286
4235366921412712241
4322396015513116234
442841561346177208
40-44136212370118246143581,283
451834431333147162
46172438832144137
4725203710251413144
4815182561215798
4920182313181112115
45-4995114166501206843656
50-5449729016683225352
55-5936404612332912208
60-64922271115157106
65-69310202117558
70-7437232320
75 and over32229
         
Table 9 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by age and area of residence of groom before marriage
Area of residence of groomAge of groomAverage age of groom
Under 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overTotal
Total935354,0758,7344,5441,87090152432942022,02535.3
             
LEINSTER563352,0404,2502,32699644627618122011,12635.3
             
Carlow1764894617636524434.4
Dublin City141436141,0795952271226236552,94734.7
South Dublin438192459268112381924211,17535.3
Fingal628210451272120503217181,20435.5
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown113110380190792820223687936.6
Kildare119158353198803724151590035.6
Kilkenny37514383411482837735.5
Laois156912469261955232535.0
Longford452570338714316034.7
Louth31292160813817135642734.8
Meath39117287138672825211170636.0
Offaly4115995552013131327434.6
Westmeath41271136643418136536335.1
Wexford52193213117632919101358335.9
Wicklow599121111764201971956236.3
             
MUNSTER201027981,9311,007452202127791084,82635.7
             
Clare39771651043520771243935.7
Cork City3137317492492216111346636.3
Cork County233258683346129584718391,61335.6
Kerry26792091205125128952135.9
Limerick City116459831351566625935.5
Limerick County4795219123531312111154835.6
North Tipperary284210558301252426835.2
South Tipperary265511658321873730435.7
Waterford City123760299764215734.9
Waterford County23710246291299525136.7
             
CONNACHT1150350867445147894024432,06635.2
             
Galway City133913674277441431835.7
Galway County2911228314939311681566435.6
Leitrim12215732562413035.1
Mayo3108319090362685445534.8
Roscommon37491054813645424434.4
Sligo29469652271362225535.0
             
ULSTER (part of)21926242719982401614191,08034.6
             
Cavan135612153191372628135.1
Donegal113147220104502288758034.4
Monaghan359864213514621934.4
             
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES            
             
Border842421740364152763721311,89234.7
Midland133322442522188573216131,12234.9
West839283714361115703222371,68135.2
Dublin252221,1262,3691,325538238133991306,20535.2
Mid-East937366851453211856843452,16835.9
Mid-West1040259587316153603026331,51435.5
South-East941361723379191865234401,91635.6
South-West7524101,0665582291057537612,60035.8
             
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND895063,4507,4753,9771,67777745929839019,09835.4
             
NORTHERN IRELAND18112174873623118246234.7
BRITAIN31025052824989553510171,24634.9
ELSEWHERE1126355723168461913111,21934.3
             
Table 10 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by age and area of residence of bride before marriage
Area of residence of brideAge of brideAverage age of bride
Under 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overTotal
Total2388905,9858,9053,3151,28365635220819322,02533.2
             
LEINSTER1625232,9344,3781,72070135318311911311,18633.3
             
Carlow415801033114234325932.4
Dublin City632007321,127449172985630282,95533.1
South Dublin24582904661976936249111,18433.3
Fingal13473214912078541161291,24233.5
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown217173398150612017161687034.7
Kildare426262363125593213101290633.6
Kilkenny38941755820658237933.3
Laois41993121531593332032.5
Longford69456325734116332.1
Louth6171501495429865542932.7
Meath22221025810751271110470233.7
Offaly1215751004011621226431.8
Westmeath91610412547271232635133.1
Wexford629155214823930128457933.7
Wicklow42515022595422383858333.6
             
MUNSTER411761,2731,9477423021549849444,82633.5
             
Clare5161131906421217344033.2
Cork City6201111777828121110545834.0
Cork County85343266324498473322151,61533.6
Kerry51913422587331663353133.2
Limerick City428618534201662225833.3
Limerick County51813921898409122554633.4
North Tipperary24861183715653127733.0
South Tipperary497411641181013428933.8
Waterford City2453692010533117033.0
Waterford County5708639191224524234.6
             
CONNACHT2470532869346119593110182,07833.3
             
Galway City315471436519775231334.1
Galway County422172275120422381867533.6
Leitrim335621581112532.7
Mayo51514418271191871246432.7
Roscommon97691062914352324732.5
Sligo3865101461784225433.4
             
ULSTER (part of)64940144414548299861,14532.2
             
Cavan1128713235131122329832.8
Donegal32821822187301344361132.2
Monaghan29969123553223631.5
             
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES 
             
Border1577651756260102451914141,95332.5
Midland31593174091656030124111,09832.5
West21594327062859451279151,69933.3
Dublin1023221,5162,4821,00338719511367646,25133.4
Mid-East1073622846327152823223242,19133.6
Mid-West16663996112339652307111,52133.3
South-East1970526763271120653827191,91833.5
South-West19926771,065409159755035232,60433.6
             
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND2338185,1407,6382,9531,17059532118618119,23533.3
             
NORTHERN IRELAND1121341345524128338332.9
BRITAIN327327555161532611941,17632.8
ELSEWHERE1333845781463623121081,23132.5
             
Table 11 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by area of residence of groom before marriage, also showing whether bride has same area of residence
      
Area of residence of groomTotalArea of residence of bridePercentage of brides from same area as groom
Same area as groomDifferent area from groom: Republic of IrelandDifferent area from groom: Not Republic of Ireland
LOCAL AUTHORITY AREAS     
      
Carlow2442044083.6
Dublin City2,9472,7142072692.1
South Dublin1,1751,054113889.7
Fingal1,2041,10495591.7
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown879765109587.0
Kildare90082669591.8
Kilkenny37731954484.6
Laois3252834287.1
Longford16013326183.1
Louth42738139789.2
Meath70661684687.3
Offaly27421952379.9
Westmeath36331049485.4
Wexford5835295490.7
Wicklow56250950390.6
      
Clare43938553187.7
Cork City466385691282.6
Cork County1,6131,4421581389.4
Kerry52145857687.9
Limerick City25922827488.0
Limerick County54845392382.7
North Tipperary26821651180.6
South Tipperary30424162179.3
Waterford City1571421590.4
Waterford County25121040183.7
      
Galway City31826248882.4
Galway County66458078687.3
Leitrim1309828475.4
Mayo45539058785.7
Roscommon24418754376.6
Sligo25521637284.7
      
Cavan28124431686.8
Donegal580528331991.0
Monaghan21918035482.2
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES     
      
Border1,8921,7161344290.7
Midland1,122984130887.7
West1,6811,5341232491.3
Dublin6,2055,9322294495.6
Mid-East2,1681,9761781491.1
Mid-West1,5141,364141990.1
South-East1,9161,743167691.0
South-West2,6002,4431263194.0
      
PROVINCES     
      
Leinster11,12610,7732767796.8
Munster4,8264,6011834295.3
Connacht2,0661,9031333092.1
Ulster (part of)1,080973782990.1
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND19,09818,92017899.1
      
NORTHERN IRELAND462338118673.2
BRITAIN1,2461,1261011990.4
ELSEWHERE1,2191,104961990.6
      
Table 12 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by area of residence of bride before marriage, also showing whether groom has same area of residence
      
Area of residence of brideTotalArea of residence of groomPercentage of grooms from same area as bride
Same area as brideDifferent area from bride: Republic of IrelandDifferent area from bride: Not Republic of Ireland
LOCAL AUTHORITY AREAS     
      
Carlow25920450578.8 
Dublin City2,9552,7141954691.8 
South Dublin1,1841,0541121889.0 
Fingal1,2421,1041251388.9 
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown870765891687.9 
Kildare90682677391.2 
Kilkenny37931954684.2 
Laois32028332588.4 
Longford16313328281.6 
Louth429381282088.8 
Meath70261677987.7 
Offaly26421943283.0 
Westmeath35131039288.3 
Wexford57952943791.4 
Wicklow58350970487.3 
       
Clare44038551487.5 
Cork City45838565884.1 
Cork County1,6151,4421561789.3 
Kerry53145868586.3 
Limerick City2582283088.4 
Limerick County54645389483.0 
North Tipperary27721658378.0 
South Tipperary28924143583.4 
Waterford City17014226283.5 
Waterford County24221027586.8 
       
Galway City31326245683.7 
Galway County67558088785.9 
Leitrim1259823478.4 
Mayo464390641084.1 
Roscommon24718757375.7 
Sligo25421633585.0 
       
Cavan29824446881.9 
Donegal611528463786.4 
Monaghan236180322476.3 
       
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES      
       
Border1,9531,7161399887.9 
Midland1,0989841031189.6 
West1,6991,5341392690.3 
Dublin6,2515,9322269394.9 
Mid-East2,1911,9761991690.2 
Mid-West1,5211,3641461189.7 
South-East1,9181,7431453090.9 
South-West2,6042,4431313093.8 
       
PROVINCES      
       
Leinster11,18610,77325515896.3 
Munster4,8264,6011725395.3 
Connacht2,0781,9031403591.6 
Ulster (part of)1,1459731036985.0 
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND19,23518,92031598.4 
       
NORTHERN IRELAND38333840588.3 
BRITAIN1,1761,126331795.7 
ELSEWHERE1,2311,1041052289.7 
       
Table 13 Marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2015 classified by form of ceremony
Province, county or cityForm of ceremonyTotal
CatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association The Spiritualist Union of Ireland
TOTAL12,486393738316,1561,26482222,025
         
LEINSTER5,257217225863,57982867111,160
         
Carlow2071971092010372
Dublin City5833771051,780170422,724 
South Dublin3187258432631485
Fingal3265345613343516
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown21125271283219388
Kildare509181802501151181,091
Kilkenny3652101411122551
Laois271151637137350
Longford1382531194
Louth33161191942727605
Meath632123622071581641,238
Offaly23651072910342
Westmeath279327532929420
Wexford45815102232784817
Wicklow39346276328158641,067
         
MUNSTER3,9997611521,449331966,104
         
Clare46642553356589
Cork City288316458244793
Cork County1,15344160181151211,611
Kerry72872618566171,029
Limerick City109112604375
Limerick County4324621116480
North Tipperary28461160137381
South Tipperary2523281148360
Waterford City601189211164
Waterford County22734611116322
         
CONNACHT2,0103167263779262,861
         
Galway City185531772227311
Galway County620427290237971
Leitrim1586132921200
Mayo574511598179719
Roscommon24644951305
Sligo227111699101355
         
ULSTER (part of)1,22069442149126291,900
 
Cavan28516381951619542
Donegal681352882405997
Monaghan2541813556510361
         
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES        
         
Border1,93692474981365583,060
Midland9242514321551471,306
West1,6251446350967242,306
Dublin1,43874142791,9122611354,113
Mid-East1,5347662187854313463,396
Mid-West1,291154339463191,825
South-East1,5694334704851512,586
South-West2,169541102824241423,433
         
    
Table 14 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by area of residence of groom and form of ceremony
Area of residence of groom Form of ceremonyTotal
CatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist AssociationThe Spiritualist Union of Ireland
TOTAL12,486393738316,1561,26482222,025
         
LEINSTER5,436190205193,59375661211,126
         
Carlow165935944244
Dublin City1,0064541541,3552371462,947
South Dublin523102102358105751,175
Fingal56512660360105961,204
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown4113152725610643879
Kildare48619472325363900
Kilkenny260389673377
Laois220121971210325
Longford117123631160
Louth2493211111726427
Meath39661291674463706
Offaly2033114944274
Westmeath23011896918363
Wexford35999168731583
Wicklow24626291795329562
         
MUNSTER3,0964611081,338172654,826
         
Clare297311011981439
Cork City230313196177466
Cork County1,032284340189201,613
Kerry36839121119521
Limerick City112121287259
Limerick County39936120137548
North Tipperary197555524268
South Tipperary20638195304
Waterford City8535577157
Waterford County170146295251
         
CONNACHT1,4482135547348182,066
         
Galway City1591114127124318
Galway County486813135148664
Leitrim9843232130
Mayo3371139365455
Roscommon1851174451244
Sligo18375519255
         
ULSTER (part of)7943424161917141,080
         
Cavan1985345849281
Donegal4252218910411580
Monaghan1717332924219
         
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:        
         
Border1,32448244537635401,892
Midland7701723025218331,122
West1,1671034739937181,681
Dublin2,50598173432,3295533606,205
Mid-East1,1285111055781501552,168
Mid-West1,0051113342230121,514
South-East1,245223052143551,916
South-West1,6303465718117362,600
         
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND10,774291486985,59598370919,098
         
NORTHERN IRELAND2432317221103017462
BRITAIN75951651190140491,246
ELSEWHERE71028260261111471,219
         
     
Table 15 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by area of residence of bride and form of ceremony
Area of residence of bride Form of ceremonyTotal
CatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist AssociationThe Spiritualist Union of Ireland
TOTAL12,486393738316,1561,26482222,025
         
LEINSTER5,455190245253,61077161111,186
         
Carlow1771046134259
Dublin City1,0024851501,3572501432,955
South Dublin517124103365102811,184
Fingal58213665375109921,242
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown4092863124910839870
Kildare48816482395263906
Kilkenny264489175379
Laois21681107249320
Longford117223921163
Louth2603211021825429
Meath39542281634466702
Offaly1943124834264
Westmeath22527901017351
Wexford35798169630579
Wicklow25228281905332583
         
MUNSTER3,1004711101,330172664,826
         
Clare299411011682440
Cork City227513187179458
Cork County1,024254741487181,615
Kerry37927120149531
Limerick City115121229258
Limerick County39836120118546
North Tipperary203655634277
South Tipperary19637695289
Waterford City94135778170
Waterford County165146273242
         
CONNACHT1,4672135746449172,078
         
Galway City161214121123313
Galway County495812136168675
Leitrim9723221125
Mayo34521139265464
Roscommon191184241247
Sligo178875110254
         
ULSTER (part of)8393926161999171,145
         
Cavan211103555410298
Donegal4462616811131611
Monaghan1823733326236
         
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:        
         
Border1,37452264737438421,953
Midland7521513124919311,098
West1,1921134739138171,699
Dublin2,510101213492,3465693556,251
Mid-East1,1354821045921491612,191
Mid-West1,0151313341431141,521
South-East1,253253051639551,918
South-West1,6303267721118362,604
         
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND10,861297547085,6031,00171119,235
         
NORTHERN IRELAND1941815181002117383
BRITAIN73550343161135491,176
ELSEWHERE69628162292107451,231
         
     
Table 16 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by month and day of week of marriage
         
Month of occurrenceDay of occurrenceTotal
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
January4534445133305183767
February7413135102337306859
March169858421394574641,274
April207477832475044611,466
May797386822508788422,290
June299288832757756742,016
July3887811545041,2008402,904
August1071251081384219221,1062,927
September2980941173498998412,409
October327658772518197302,043
November164452441454434041,148
December602422763341483914711,922
         
Total4371,0851,0531,2342,9647,9307,32222,025
         
Table 17 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by form of ceremony and previous civil status of partners
Marriages contracted betweenForm of ceremonyTotal
CatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist AssociationThe Spiritualist Union of Ireland
Total12,486393738316,1561,26482222,025
         
Single men and single women12,221350646244,4601,03964219,400
Single men and widows1953352266
Widowers and single women4611435390
Widowers and widows1031427
Divorced men and single women9516796638112921,056
Single men and divorced women748605435049784
Divorced men and widows24362347
Widowers and divorced women6118454469
Divorced men and divorced women139323505230486
         
 
Table 18 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by county of residence and previous civil status of groom
     
Area of residence of groomSingle menWidowersDivorceesTotal
TOTAL20,2501861,58922,025
     
LEINSTER10,1939783611,126
     
Carlow23428244
Dublin City2,740201872,947
South Dublin1,06691001,175
Fingal1,09912931,204
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown802869879
Kildare816876900
Kilkenny346526377
Laois300421325
Longford15415160
Louth388237427
Meath635764706
Offaly252220274
Westmeath332328363
Wexford526750583
Wicklow503752562
MUNSTER4,435413504,826
     
Clare403531439
Cork City423340466
Cork County1,50116961,613
Kerry485333521
Limerick City230128259
Limerick County506537548
North Tipperary247318268
South Tipperary274327304
Waterford City142114157
Waterford County224126251
     
CONNACHT1,935161152,066
     
Galway City295221318
Galway County611845664
Leitrim12226130
Mayo430124455
Roscommon232111244
Sligo24528255
     
ULSTER (part of)1,01215531,080
     
Cavan259220281
Donegal547825580
Monaghan20658219
     
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:    
     
Border1,767211041,892
Midland1,03810741,122
West1,568121011,681
Dublin5,707494496,205
Mid-East1,954221922,168
Mid-West1,386141141,514
South-East1,746191511,916
South-West2,409221692,600
     
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND17,5751691,35419,098
     
NORTHERN IRELAND409449462
BRITAIN1,1437961,246
ELSEWHERE1,1236901,219
     
Table 19 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by county of residence and previous civil status of bride
Area of residence of brideSingle womenWidowsDivorceesTotal
TOTAL20,5461401,33922,025
     
LEINSTER10,3956872311,186
     
Carlow242116259
Dublin City2,755181822,955
South Dublin1,0998771,184
Fingal1,1475901,242
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown810753870
Kildare843459906
Kilkenny354124379
Laois298319320
Longford1549163
Louth401424429
Meath654543702
Offaly249114264
Westmeath323325351
Wexford517458579
Wicklow549430583
     
MUNSTER4,492362984,826
     
Clare416222440
Cork City423431458
Cork County1,51210931,615
Kerry507222531
Limerick City233223258
Limerick County505635546
North Tipperary259216277
South Tipperary260227289
Waterford City16235170
Waterford County215324242
     
CONNACHT1,96811992,078
     
Galway City295216313
Galway County635634675
Leitrim12014125
Mayo445118464
Roscommon23215247
Sligo241112254
     
ULSTER (part of)1,0759611,145
     
Cavan276319298
Donegal575333611
Monaghan22439236
     
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:    
     
Border1,837151011,953
Midland1,0247671,098
West1,6079831,699
Dublin5,811384026,251
Mid-East2,046131322,191
Mid-West1,41312961,521
South-East1,750141541,918
South-West2,442161462,604
     
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND17,9301241,18119,235
     
NORTHERN IRELAND353525383
BRITAIN1,1243491,176
ELSEWHERE1,1398841,231
     
Table 20 Marriages in 2015 classified by age of groom and bride in single years; all marriages
                                        
Age of groomAge of bride
16 & under17181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950-5455-5960-6465 & overAll ages
All ages51111310998119142228303505769109716441970216120211869159412601004797624480410314286241234208162137144981153522081068722025
16 & under
17112
18324352138
19218136215311153
20211011109413111256
21141567108214121122111180
222510561512853313211183
2319651013101188510323231112 114
24384201827352187131277612111202
25361112142828454031281797422421112298
261185781229446981693925251112742313121111473
27436111220376711314981616130231597153131321729
28166451113215010818726615996513916211311442131241,105
2934516112062105151277307212116624527171585211211211,470
304686171438711222223503552251456736272368542121111,767
31256241017344710017023735033718612670412912135331311,814
3221335919355778123212277303259177111624319256712322121,849
3321125611103854110172204237279219174724644262155242112 1,756
34111158132443831321582182202161671045238201110446111111111,548
3521314414162864861231211691651361238055341910118612321,291
3632554132738667897132146114108855941211112583111,085
3712411101537366979859510210562674226111088351221899
381133557222234505874686684523927186833121131668
3912112246152613414749506362544338181281576433131601
401112147111926353343384139214034227572524121455
411223197141630352729343936353735181212625425458
42211245521111717323229262337262921191511633431406
43111566910201517211921281923161512510511611295
44112123467911121516171617181819171311542342256
4511423761391111151215191523221813117351247
461122548784912989911131314897581187
471132242315698134161081612910359211175
4811123633523451311139713106512221143
49113233338323123871210997131842149
50-541161347118131481713152425283234283328281033711524
55-59124241335281221181511121613188763215329
60-64121212121245825961042404011197
65 & over11212111225354532503867223
                                        
Table 21 Marriages in 2015 classified by age of groom and bride in single years; first marriages only
                                        
Age of groomAge of bride
16 & under17181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950-5455-5960-6465 & overAll ages
All ages511113108931141382192884907541,0771,6081,9262,1181,9611,7791,4801,1499016865324003132271911321331147258472421722512919,400 
16 & under 
17112
183243521 38
19218136215211152
2021101110941311255
211415671082141211121177
22251056151275331321181
231 965101310108841012323 1106
24 384191825352186131266611111195
25 3611121328274539302617973224211288
2611857812294369816939242411117322121111463
27 4361112203767113149816159302314671431 211716
28166351012205010718626315996493715201383411311,079
29 3451610196010415027530521011461432514138321111111,441
30  4676171338701222213483552221396735272266542111,744
31 25624101533469916823534933318212566402912124211111,783
32 213258193455751232082743012551741065840172127112111,796
33 2112441010375310717120023427621417069434224195414111,709
34  1 11579244381129158213216207161974935171093341111,486
35  213133131627648011711816115812711872523118109651121,219
36   2155413253662769412513410310281563619993421,006
37    1 24119133531677478879497585839237676231813
38  1  323462021335054656060784433221457222591
39  1 21122361324123743454258534738301410213521222513
40  1 1 2 14711172430304133363317312717636231111387
41  1 2 1318712142927202126363526323015101112421377
42    1112334188161325242020182517211413982121290
43       1 4356814131414151923131710101241021218
44       1 23356869119111214111314111082122174
45   1     1234495941081312713127955221148
46       1 11233553787476798445222106
47       1 212111365838531074311186
48         112131121233524835331257
49         11111226112914256415460
50-54         11211433736549310910121141304 144
55-59         21112132111132175145
60-64         1111211488230
65 & over         111122262725
                                        
Table 22 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by age and previous civil status of groom
     
AgeSingle MenWidowersDivorceesTotal
Total20,2501861,58922,025
     
Age of groom    
Under 209393
20-245332535
25-294,0591154,075
30-348,6573748,734
35-394,33691994,544
40-441,588162661,870
45-4958815298901
50-5421427283524
55-598825216329
60 and over9490236420
     
Average age of groom33.959.149.535.3
     
Table 23 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by age and previous civil status of bride
     
AgeSingle womenWidowsDivorceesTotal
Total20,5461401,33922,025
     
Age of bride    
Under 20238238
20-2487812890
25-295,9392445,985
30-348,73861618,905
35-393,085142163,315
40-441,025142441,283
45-4938016260656
50-5414821183352
55-596024124208
60 and over554395193
     
Average age of bride32.353.945.233.2
     
Table A Divorce, Judicial Separation and Nullity applications received and granted by the courts in the year ending December 2014
 
  Divorce applicationsJudicial Separation applicationsNullity applicationsCivil Partnership applications  
          
          
 CountyReceivedGrantedReceivedGrantedReceivedGrantedReceivedGranted
          
 
TotalCounty3,8312,6291,2716493517418
       
Circuit Court
       
Leinster        
        
CarlowCarlow48181031
DublinDublin1,4331,06545924912594
NaasKildare1497740194
Kilkenny Kilkenny51202415
PortlaoiseLaois604815131
LongfordLongford312496
DundalkLouth11076451624
TrimMeath1038629133
TullamoreOffaly6044169
MullingarWestmeath795821191
WexfordWexford1251132615
WicklowWicklow85564912113
       
Munster       
        
EnnisClare736541172111
CorkCork4423531431065612
TraleeKerry118663717122
LimerickLimerick161102471511
ClonmelTipperary125494018
WaterfordWaterford1015133121
      
Connacht       
      
GalwayGalway67124515
Carrick on ShannonLeitrim292261
CastlebarMayo9164231611
RoscommonRoscommon292312811
SligoSligo5123205
      
Ulster       
        
CavanCavan563022121
LetterkennyDonegal94342341
MonaghanMonaghan37241121
      
Total Circuit Court 3,8082,6031,2466233317418
High Court 232625262
Supreme Court 
          
      
Source: Courts Service
      
Table 1A Civil Partnerships registered in 2015 classified by future area of residence of partners
    
Area of residence of partners All partnershipsMale partnershipsFemale partnerships
TOTAL376250126
    
LEINSTER29420589
    
Carlow
Dublin City19915346
South Dublin1385
Fingal211110
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown1587
Kildare13310
Kilkenny312
Laois22
Longford11
Louth871
Meath752
Offaly11
Westmeath11
Wexford523
Wicklow532
 
MUNSTER401921
   
Clare211
Cork City633
Cork County15411
Kerry211
Limerick City541
Limerick County211
North Tipperary
South Tipperary211
Waterford City211
Waterford County431
    
CONNACHT18108
   
Galway City743
Galway County844
Leitrim
Mayo211
Roscommon
Sligo11
    
ULSTER (part of)211
   
Cavan
Donegal211
Monaghan
    
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES   
    
Border1192
Midland541
West1798
Dublin24818068
Mid-East251114
Mid-West963
South-East1688
South-West23815
    
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND354235119
    
OUTSIDE THE STATE22157
    
Table 2A Civil Partnerships registered in 2015 classified by previous civil status and average age of partners
      
TotalSingleWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
      
752719227437.5
      
Table 2B Civil Partnerships registered in 2015 classified by previous civil status and average age of male partners
      
TotalSingle menWidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerAverage age of male partner
      
50048710336.1
      
Table 2C Civil Partnerships registered in 2015 classified by previous civil status and average age of female partners
      
TotalSingle womenWidowsDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerAverage age of female partner
      
252232217140.1
      
Table 3A Civil Partnerships registered in 2015 classified by older partner's age and younger partner's relative age
            
All partnersTotal older partnersYounger partner
AgeUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
            
Older partner37634595993839271668
            
Under 20
20-24826
25-29421428
30-34931154037
35-39735193712
40-444735161310
45-494123391311
50-54355210108
55-5915114432
60 and over22122548
            
Table 4A Civil Partnerships registered in 2015 classified by older male partner's age and younger male partner's relative age
            
Male partnersTotal male partners Younger male partner
Age All agesUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
            
Older male partner2503397165252112743
            
Under 20
20-24624
25-29291019
30-34691153023
35-3950514247
40-4431351085
45-4924233754
50-541841553
55-5910114211
60 and over13121333
            
Table 5A Civil Partnerships registered in 2015 classified by older female partner's age and younger female partner's relative age
            
Female partnersTotal female partnersYounger female partner
Ageall agesUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
            
Older female partner12662434131815925
            
Under 20
20-2422
25-291349
30-34241014
35-39235135
40-4416655
45-4917287
50-541711555
55-595221
60 and over91215
            
Table 6A Civil Partnerships registered in 2015 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
 NumberNumber PercentageNumber Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
   % % % %
All Partnerships376277.216042.611430.37519.9
          
Male Partnerships250156.09437.67730.86425.6
          
Female partnerships126129.56652.43729.4118.7
          
          

Background Notes

Source

These statistics have been compiled from the marriage registration forms of all marriages registered in the Republic of Ireland in 2015.

The release has been prepared by the Central Statistics Office for the Minister for Health and Children in accordance with the provisions of Section 2 of the Vital Statistics and Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1952 and Section 73 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004.

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 2015 (and hence included in these statistics) occurred in years before 2015.

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 clasified under their respective relegions.   The usages of certain other Religious Bodies have been classified under 'other religious'.  (Tables 1, 13, 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/Civil Partnerships per 1,000 population

This is calculated for each year as follows:

Marriages/Civil Partnerships per 1,000 population = Number of Marriages/Civil partnerships registered multiplied by 1,000 and divided by population.   The 2013 estimated usual residence population is 4,593,100.

Civil Partnership Legislation

Civil Partnerships, introduced by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, enabled same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship and this regulation was enacted on the 1st January 2011.

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.

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