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CSO statistical release, 13 April 2017, 11am

Marriages and Civil Partnerships

2016

 20162015
Opposite Sex Marriages21,57022,025
Same Sex Marriages1,056
All Marriages rate per 1,000 population4.84.8
Average Age of Groom (Opposite Sex Marriage)35.735.3
Average Age of Bride (Opposite Sex Marriage)33.833.2
Average Age of Male (Same Sex Marriage)40.5
Average Age of Female (Same Sex Marriage)41.0

There were 1,056 same sex marriages in 2016

Figure 1 Number of same sex marriages 2016

There were 1,056 same sex marriages in 2016, of which 606 were male unions and 450 female unions.

The average age of couples in same sex marriages in 2016 was 40.7 years.  The average age of male partners in same sex marriages was 40.5 and the average age of female partners was slightly higher at 41.0.  See tables 23A, 23B and 23C.

There were 21,570 opposite sex marriages in 2016.  The average age of grooms was 35.7 years, 0.4 years more than the average age of grooms in 2015.  In the past 50 years, the average age of grooms decreased from 29.0 years in 1966 to a low of 26.2 years in 1977 and increased to a high of 35.7 years in 2016.  A similar trend is evident for brides with the average age decreasing from 25.7 in 1966 to 24.0 in 1977 and increasing to a high of 33.8 in 2016.  See tables 1 and 3.

The number of all marriages (opposite and same sex) registered in 2016 was 22,626 which equates to a crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of 4.8 per 1,000 population, the same rate as in 2015.  This is 601 marriages more than in 2015 when 22,025 marriages took place.  Same sex marriages accounted for 4.7% of all marriages in 2016, the first full calendar year for which data is available.  Same sex marriage legislation came into effect in November 2015.  See table 1.

 

In 2016, religious ceremonies accounted for 64.8% of all marriages.   There were 12,140 (53.7%) Catholic marriage ceremonies, 372 (1.6%) Church of Ireland ceremonies, The Spiritualist Union of Ireland performed 1,038 (4.6%) ceremonies and 1,104 (4.9%) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.   The majority of non-religious ceremonies were civil marriages with 28.5% (6,438) of all marriages; the remaining 1,534 (6.8%) couples had Humanist ceremonies.  See tables 1, 3, 3A, 17, 17A and figure 2.

X-axis label%
Roman
Catholic
53.7
Civil
Marriages
28.5
Humanist
Association
6.8
Spiritualist
Union
4.6
Other
Religious
4.9
Church
of Ireland
1.6

Over 67% of opposite sex couples have religious marriage ceremonies

In 2016, religious ceremonies accounted for the highest proportion of opposite sex marriages (67.4%).   There were 12,140 (56.3%) Catholic marriage ceremonies, 372 (1.7%) Church of Ireland ceremonies, 69 (0.3%) Presbyterian ceremonies while The Spiritualist Union of Ireland, performed 965 (4.5%) marriage ceremonies in 2016.  The remaining 999 (4.6%) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.  Civil marriage ceremonies were the most popular choice for non-religious marriage ceremonies accounting for 5,588 (25.9%) of all opposite sex marriages.  In recent years the Humanist Association has also risen in popularity with 1,437 (6.7%) of marriages in 2016 compared to 1,264 (5.7%) in 2015.  See tables 1, 3 and 17, and figure 2.

Over 80% 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 850 marriages (80.5%) followed by The Humanist Association of Ireland with 97 or 9.2% of ceremonies, The Spiritualist Union of Ireland accounted for 73 or 6.9% of ceremonies and  the remainder of same sex couples - 3.4% - had ceremonies with other religious denominations.  Almost half of all same sex marriage ceremonies took place in the Dublin City area (45.5%), followed by Cork City and Wicklow County respectively with 5.4%.  See Tables 1, 3A, 3B, 13A, 13B and 17A. 

July was the most popular month for opposite sex marriages in 2016

For the first time since 2011, July was  the most popular month for opposite sex marriages.  In 2016, 13.8% (or 2,968) of marriages occurred in July.  Over a quarter (26.1%) 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 666 (3.1%) of marriages occurring during that month. 

Friday and Saturday were the most popular days of the week to get married with 14,924 or 69.2% of marriages occurring on those days.  The least popular day was Sunday when 504 (2.3%) couples wed.  See table 16.

Saturday 30th July was the most popular date for opposite sex marriages in 2016 with 272 (1.3%) marriages taking place on that day.  This was followed by Saturday 4th June, when 259 (1.2%) marriages occurred.  New Year's Eve was the third most popular date with 249 (1.2%) marriage celebrations on that day.  See tables 16, 16A and 16B.

September was the most popular month for same sex marriages in 2016

The most popular month for same sex marriages in 2016 was September with 125 (11.8%) marriages.  

Friday was the most popular day for same sex marriages with one third (348) or 33.0% 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 30 couples (2.8%) wed.  See table 16A.

Friday 29th July was the most popular date for same sex marriages in 2016 with 17 (1.6%) marriages occurring on that day. This was followed by Friday 15th July, when 13 (1.2%) marriages took place.

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
Czech Republic4.6
Finland4.5
Austria4.3
United Kingdom4.3
Bulgaria3.9
Netherlands3.8
France3.7
Belgium3.6
Luxembourg3.6
Spain3.6
Italy3.2
Portugal3.1
Slovenia3.1

Groom older than bride in just over 62% of opposite sex marriages

The average age of grooms and brides in 2016 was 35.7 years and 33.8 years respectively.  The average age of grooms marrying for the first time was 34.3 years and for brides the average age was 32.8 years.   See tables 22 and 23.

The groom was older than the bride in 62.3% of marriages in 2016.  See tables 7 and 8.

In 2016, 2.4% of grooms were under the age of 25 and 41.8% of grooms were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  For brides, 3.7% were under the age of 25 and 30.3% were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  See table 1, 7 and 8.

Monaghan had the lowest average age for grooms at 34.5 years.  At the other end of the scale, Wicklow 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 Wicklow had the highest average age at 35.5 years.  See tables 9 and 10.

Almost 88% of opposite sex marriages were first time marriages

In 2016, 87.8% (18,934) of marriages were the first marriage for both the groom and bride.  The breakdown between grooms and brides was 19,712 (91.4%) grooms and 20,081 (93.1%) brides marrying for the first time.  See tables 17, 22 and 23.

There were 2,444 marriages involving at least one divorced person in 2016, including 552 marriages where both parties were divorced.  See table 17.

Over 56% of same sex marriages were first time marriages  

Of the 2,112 individual same sex partners in 2016, the majority - 1,195 or 56.6% were previously single, 840 (39.8%) were previous civil partners, while 64 (3.0%) were divorcees, 8 (0.4%) were former civil partners, 4 (0.2%) were widows/widowers and there was 1 surviving civil partner.  See tables 23A, 23B and 23C.

Opposite sex couples residing outside Ireland before marriage account for 13% of marriages

Marriages where both the bride and groom were residing in Ireland before marriage accounted for 85.0% (18,337) of marriages.  In 2016, 2,802 (13.0%) marriages involved both the bride and groom living outside the State before marriage.   See tables 11 and 12.

The future permanent residence of married couples was stated to be outside Ireland in 13.6% (2,933) of marriages in 2016.  This compares to 2,845 (12.9%) in 2015.  See table 1.

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

In 2016, 23.7% (5,113) of all marriages involved the bride and groom being of the same socio-economic group.

Over half (57.0%) 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 2.6% of grooms married within their own group in comparison to 39.8% of brides doing so.  See table 6 and background notes. 

Civil Partnerships

There were 7 civil partnership ceremonies in 2016, 5 male unions and 2 female unions.  See table 1.

Number of divorces granted increased by just over 25%

The most recent divorce data available 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.

Population

The estimated population (usual residence) in April 2016 was 4,673,745.

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.  However, couples that had given 3 months' notice prior to the 16th November 2015 were still entitled to have a Civil Partnership ceremony after that date.

Table 1 Summary data for marriages 2006-2016
  Opposite sex marriages  Same sex marriages All marriages
  20062007200820092010201120122013201420152016 2016 2016
State 22,08922,75622,18721,62720,59419,85520,71320,68022,04522,02521,570 1,056 22,626
Marriages per 1,000 population5.25.24.94.84.54.34.54.54.84.84.6 0.24.8
Average age of party 1133.233.433.834.034.134.634.734.935.035.335.7 43.636.1
Average age of party 2231.231.331.731.832.032.532.632.833.033.233.8 37.934.0
Percentage of marriages by              
age of party 11 %%%%%%%%%%% %%
  Under 20 0.60.50.50.50.50.50.50.60.40.40.6 0.00.5
  20-24 4.74.03.03.33.02.32.52.42.32.41.8 1.21.8
  25-29 29.429.127.727.225.422.421.820.019.718.516.2 8.115.8
  30-34 37.037.537.536.838.339.739.841.040.539.739.6 16.838.6
  35-39 15.716.317.017.317.818.618.819.019.720.622.3 18.022.1
  40 and over 12.712.714.114.915.016.516.617.017.318.419.5 55.921.2
Percentage of marriages by               
age of party 22%%%%%%%%%%% % %
  Under 20 1.41.10.91.31.41.11.11.11.11.10.8 0.20.8
  20-24 8.67.86.87.25.74.94.74.34.44.02.8 5.83.0
  25-29 39.039.438.136.034.932.631.329.428.727.225.3 16.624.9
  30-34 32.132.433.633.836.237.638.739.739.540.440.8 24.040.0
  35-39 11.111.411.912.112.613.513.614.714.815.117.0 16.317.0
  40 and over 7.97.88.79.69.310.310.510.811.512.213.3 37.214.4
Form of ceremony         
  Roman Catholic16,21116,85415,97814,62413,78113,15613,49712,92113,07212,48612,140 12,140
  Church of Ireland530526534447427448433453445393372 372
  Presbyterian 16117616011189678472817369 69
  Methodist 2620322127151925272627 27
  Jewish 215111 
  Spiritualist Union of Ireland819822965 731,038
  Other religious32331842052794018831,112538804972 361,008
  Civil marriages5,1275,1465,2996,2145,9915,7685,7976,0966,1676,1565,588 8506,438
  Humanist Association8951,2641,437 971,534
Country of future residence          
Outside Republic of Ireland1,9171,7981,9091,8351,7621,8432,0652,3162,6682,8452,933 1223,055
  Northern Ireland346330367362289304318319432421477 28505
  England and Wales9329159818998108469259471,0581,1171,175 411,216
  Scotland 8475958676926480749799 2101
  Europe (remainder)115113114124146139148152157150155 17172
  U.S.A 248211165158164169176198192214227 11238
  Elsewhere 192154187206277293434620755846797 23820
  Not stated 491211113 3
Percentage of marriages with %%%%%%%%%%% %%
country of residence outside 
Republic of Ireland8.77.98.68.58.69.310.011.212.112.913.6 11.613.5
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, 2013-2016
 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 ages Marriages per 1,000 males at specified agesMarriages per 1,000 females at specified ages
 2013201420152016 2013201420152016 2016  2016 2016 2016
All ages, 16-4917.919.419.519.0 18.119.419.519.10.90.619.9  19.8
16-191.10.70.81.1 2.22.32.21.60.00.01.1  1.6
202.52.42.42.4 3.65.34.43.00.00.02.5  3.0
211.82.33.51.9 4.65.65.63.00.20.02.2  3.1
223.13.53.52.5 5.66.56.45.20.20.22.7  5.4
234.14.34.83.8 8.98.69.66.60.60.34.4  6.9
246.97.87.96.3 12.013.612.19.80.80.77.1  10.5
20-243.74.14.53.4 7.08.17.85.60.40.33.8  5.9
2510.212.111.68.4 18.419.919.615.61.00.49.4  16.0
2616.217.817.813.5 27.927.427.725.31.00.614.4  25.9
2722.927.226.121.8 35.738.436.335.41.20.723.0  36.1
2836.237.537.132.9 45.549.751.047.91.30.634.1  48.6
2945.349.648.045.5 51.057.958.259.01.60.847.0  59.8
25-2926.929.729.025.1 36.639.839.938.11.20.626.3  38.7
3051.156.055.855.5 51.455.362.560.71.40.656.9  61.4
3149.956.555.958.6 50.554.755.358.91.50.960.1  59.8
3246.652.953.655.3 39.545.047.951.21.60.756.8  51.9
3342.145.548.846.5 34.937.440.038.71.51.348.0  40.0
3437.437.440.542.4 28.630.330.732.21.51.143.9  33.3
30-3445.349.350.551.3 41.044.346.647.71.51.052.8  48.6
3529.734.533.735.4 24.326.725.027.21.11.036.5  28.2
3624.128.429.830.6 19.120.820.321.71.00.931.5  22.6
3719.921.025.224.5 14.615.616.617.21.10.825.6  18.0
3819.219.318.721.5 12.312.313.115.21.00.822.5  16.0
3915.716.916.917.4 11.911.411.312.11.10.818.5  12.9
35-3921.824.125.026.1 16.517.517.518.91.00.927.1  19.8
4013.414.612.814.0 9.19.28.610.11.20.615.1  10.7
4112.011.013.112.1 5.87.48.08.61.11.013.2  9.6
428.99.711.510.4 6.66.76.76.70.90.711.2  7.4
437.88.58.68.6 4.55.86.75.91.00.79.6  6.7
446.77.87.48.5 4.54.86.05.91.00.89.6  6.7
40-449.810.310.710.7 6.26.87.27.51.00.711.8  8.2
455.67.27.36.8 4.45.04.84.90.90.77.7  5.6
465.75.35.85.9 3.93.34.33.70.90.76.8  4.4
474.85.65.56.0 3.63.54.53.80.90.66.8  4.4
483.94.44.65.1 2.53.33.13.90.80.55.9  4.4
493.93.84.84.9 2.93.43.73.90.70.55.7  4.5
45-494.85.35.65.7 3.53.74.14.10.90.66.6  4.7
                      
Table 3 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 classified according to age of groom/age of bride and form of ceremony
 Form of ceremonyTotal
AgeCatholicChurchPresbyterian The SpiritualistOther religiousCivil MarriagesThe Humanist
  of Ireland Union of Ireland denominations Association
Age of groom         
Under 201176123 
20-24181339381569399 
25-292,15276261261447951723,491 
30-345,613137223342941,5336148,547 
35-392,7727192412321,1273594,811 
40-448483351011086561361,887 
45-49262222678244162938 
50-5499111404030338532 
55-59466342922825368 
60 and over50131133234322474 
Total12,140372699659995,5881,43721,570 
Age of bride        
Under 201541419178
20-24249410156525416613
25-293,532112271891661,1163085,450
30-345,628139173813561,6276528,800
35-391,88158111921921,0682643,666
40-44455252102885651011,338
45-49144151346236146663
50-54456373326128410
55-5915571315713210
60 and over37817201609242
Total12,140372699659995,5881,43721,570
Average age of groom33.936.332.837.337.539.136.135.7
Average age of bride32.234.230.835.135.436.534.233.8
         
    
Table 3A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 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
20-241313
25-297248286
30-3412828138177
35-3914622166190
40-441261699160
45-4911310134140
50-5495973114
55-596264274
60 and over95232102
Total8509773361,056
Age of younger party     
Under 2022
20-245622161
25-2914811133175
30-34180382114253
35-3913814146172
40-4411921135158
45-498357499
50-546542374
55-59322135
60 and over2727
Total8509773361,056
Average age of older party44.240.641.542.143.6
Average age of younger party38.236.536.437.237.9
      
Table 3B Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 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 
20-2477 66
25-294535255 271331
30-34801715103 481112374
35-3975128499 71108291
40-4471125593 5544467
45-4969510286 4453254
50-544761256 4836158
55-59314439 312 235
60 and over651268 3011234
Total490603620606 360373716450
Age of younger party           
Under 2011 11
20-24342137 22224
25-2998772114 5046161
30-3411421610151 6617154102
35-3969911493 6953279
40-4467166291 5257367
45-494525153 3832346
50-5429332 3612342
55-5915116 17219
60 and over1818 99
Total490603620606 360373716450
Average age of older party44.440.743.539.043.8 43.840.539.646.043.3
Average age of younger party37.536.137.034.137.2 39.237.235.841.038.8
            
Table 4 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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 occupations113136397234773817151894635.7
Associate professional and Technical occupations11475451,3747252581267450573,26735.4
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations94910466372215161032837.7
Elementary occupations9793306284251881246039371,91936.0
Managers, Directors and Senior officials2192747674892151268346662,08737.2
Process, Plant and Machine operatives81503883001681046336401,25738.3
Professional occupations208292,4051,1763881547858795,18735.1
Sales and Customer service occupations3211642431173920610262533.6
Skilled trades occupations14658372,0281,14347619212278995,05435.7
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown83118177213136413214206690034.2
Total1233993,4918,5474,8111,88793853236847421,57035.7
             
Table 5 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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 occupations1376061,1965722111108038362,88734.9
Associate professional and Technical occupations9405791,130497145544829182,54933.9
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations101107969203681901116525292,62433.6
Elementary occupations366248232150694923141486834.2
Managers, Directors and Senior officials19281618291129683514181,47335.2
Process, Plant and Machine operatives3253930141024313036.8
Professional occupations501,8633,4631,0812961036445417,00633.1
Sales and Customer service occupations2594234892088550287131,36433.2
Skilled trades occupations11161103693818105832436.0
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown152218568610400161905529622,34533.2
Total1786135,4508,8003,6661,33866341021024221,57033.8
             
Table 6 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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 occupations247116652860331356850946 
Associate professional and Technical occupations39362437470252151,051179362733,267 
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations373093101437519839328 
Elementary occupations27413534323110211254204403251,919 
Managers, Directors and Senior officials2842991946131710570135291882,087 
Process, Plant and Machine operatives216103228846326218122201771,257 
Professional occupations50562226346313162,958143392825,187 
Sales and Customer service occupations86548625414117123980625 
Skilled trades occupations778487888267267371,2953401295665,054 
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown67799046445155436365900 
Total2,8872,5492,6248681,4731307,0061,3643242,34521,570 
            
Table 6A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 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 occupations1523104833455107
Associate professional and Technical occupations16491272824815510192
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations59139811372471
Elementary occupations8371241372552
Managers, Directors and Senior officials171512104322978143
Process, Plant and Machine operatives212222213
Professional occupations235312735411811522290
Sales and Customer service occupations43575110102653
Skilled trades occupations6675731338462
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown61455418351373
Total1021768568144122807141771,056
            
Table 7 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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 ages1548824,1462,9568,6863,5851,16121,570
16
17224
18112126554
191312103965
Under 2024353844123
2014893759
21131771745
22461972056
23511211534288
249214925425151
20-242045114631507399
258287842588222
26734134749910358
2754918114019625596
28770260222353262940
29771430316509421,375
25-29342521,0837941,21511123,491
305814723827136741,724
3167844935986111351,871
3255636429394113961,804
33135631620783218651,615
341146256168775262151,533
30-34403171,8571,4094,122767358,547
35442186151645310191,357
36329142102547323261,172
376321137138226624894
387191006326327243767
39724644122620752621
35-39271466054282,0631,3781644,811
40314613716018933497
4138413314315152431
4224392610813251362
431103118969750303
4431436197910439294
40-4412502081335866732251,887
4519357607348233
465296486941198
475269555146192
4815168415436161
4924196194658154
45-4942812536223293229938
50-543145724121137176532
55-59513281682101123368
60-6449164525483222
65-6913138153960139
70-7421528203270
75 and over1553243
         
Table 8 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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 ages1,1613,5858,6862,9564,14688215421,570
1644
1714216
18286026298
1931221101460
Under 20520993816178
207142391366
21719267665
22172743714108
231238671513145
2418671032516229
20-24611652626362613
252810119142351398
265216931774493664
27471925291408751,000
285627377522213771,470
2960373947316207151,918
25-292431,1082,759794515315,450
3058331962382319192,071
31722989043593962412,054
32532627822934493821,879
33611956132073953941,514
34531604801683556331,282
30-342971,2463,7411,4091,914183108,800
35621473541513088761,115
3650115273102251755871
374810618171194693672
383979160631506412567
39327512141114526441
35-392315221,0894281,017347323,666
402760983795438368
412852853370432313
421940652657321240
432036621842277212
4420305319472511205
40-44114218363133311170291,338
452034457302411171
461620296271711126
4713263093471120
4818252883077123
49162225628197123
45-4983127157361497437663
50-54668810224803020410
55-593245601639153210
60-64203034421148131
65-696121281410567
70-74336255125
75 and over12133919
         
Table 8A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 classified by older partner's age and younger partner's relative age
All partnersTotal older Younger partner
AgepartnerUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
Older partner105626117525317215899743527
Under 20
20-2413112
25-298613847
30-34177670101
35-391903348766
40-44160213375850
45-49140519295829
50-541144412304321
55-597415916349
60 and over1022421111192627
            
Table 8B Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 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 partner606137114151939153321618
Under 20
20-2477
25-295512034
30-3410354355
35-39993184830
40-449328243128
45-4986516193313
50-545643713218
55-593914711133
60 and over68242108111318
Table 8C Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 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 partner4501246110279674642199
Under 20
20-24615
25-29311813
30-347412746
35-3991163936
40-44675132722
45-49543102516
50-545815172213
55-5935125216
60 and over34138139
            
Table 8D Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 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 Same Sex Marriages1,056827.848646.029628.019218.2
Male Same Sex Marriages606426.925742.416527.214223.4
Female Same Sex Marriages 450408.922950.913129.15011.1
          
          
Table 9 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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
Total1233993,4918,5474,8111,88793853236847421,57035.7
             
LEINSTER632361,6474,1102,41697050727619126710,68336.0
Carlow4850105622213141828735.7
Dublin City15744331,0616111921106745602,66835.5
South Dublin727147367233905624121998235.8
Fingal514167472280137583228321,22536.6
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown111124357185863416173386436.5
Kildare317137357204764023132189135.8
Kilkenny2553142973112146336535.6
Laois85511072271264529935.5
Longford2822463118333414035.4
Louth312931849333281681248235.6
Meath612108261161834123141372236.3
Offaly286511354231353328934.7
Westmeath1104412586361356833436.0
Wexford91674214110603813111656136.3
Wicklow3675196137563615203057437.9
             
MUNSTER19767321,8031,131460195138771174,74836.1
Clare16591401023520851038636.2
Cork City44751631154516178645335.8
Cork County120258639382171704228371,64836.1
Kerry27419012236191272248436.7
Limerick City1933603825852818936.2
Limerick County17792441255621137856135.5
North Tipperary2848105622614103828636.0
South Tipperary4114911683251196431835.5
Waterford City716504020691315236.6
Waterford County34419662211013101127137.2
             
CONNACHT2947278831491174784041432,05235.6
Galway City6113911885261125330634.8
Galway County91777271185592616121068235.6
Leitrim122632511242413435.5
Mayo87751929143211110846635.5
Roscommon2733865214855621835.5
Sligo3532101532110271224636.6
             
ULSTER (part of)51121843219978402213191,03734.9
Cavan225411748181484727435.5
Donegal381232091123921116954134.8
Monaghan1411063921533322234.5
             
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES            
Border1228365780370143804430471,89935.3
Midland534186394243104411916201,06235.4
West2542224667413142663432271,67235.4
Dublin281268712,2571,3095052581391021445,73935.9
Mid-East12353208145022151176147642,18736.5
Mid-West530219549327142633617341,42235.9
South-East2251283723454179907235451,95436.1
South-West7244079926192521057143652,58536.2
             
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND1163702,8757,1764,2371,68282047632244618,52035.9
NORTHERN IRELAND48123196994426129452534.7
BRITAIN31126857025793522522121,31334.8
ELSEWHERE1022560521868401915121,21234.4
             
Table 10 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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
Total1786135,4508,8003,6661,33866341021024221,57033.8
             
LEINSTER1013092,5014,3221,89273336423410714010,70334.1
Carlow667710649181821328633.5
Dublin City23866191,106487164825526382,68634.0
South Dublin1629221394180733519101098734.1
Fingal72825648422091553514121,20234.7
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown11517339614662192791886634.8
Kildare82721637614459221611988833.7
Kilkenny2118616271261135438133.8
Laois21383112622210330733.0
Longford393258285441414833.6
Louth615138192813412127450133.6
Meath4181832631306027162771034.0
Offaly413781023214811225532.4
Westmeath413791406322757234233.5
Wexford9171192151134225145856734.5
Wicklow691412168641292281957735.5
             
MUNSTER291311,1651,9198423241459549594,75834.0
Clare1410215566348114339734.0
Cork City21710518573312093144633.8
Cork County32416652304110432911221,61934.0
Kerry291101969126168111348234.9
Limerick City2348773114441418833.9
Limerick County525130242115251984457733.3
North Tipperary715681024524961428133.5
South Tipperary7586131582012103233433.7
Waterford City3835632919233116633.8
Waterford County136511630211278526835.0
             
CONNACHT3163507835355114633423252,05033.6
Galway City1414701256914932332332.8
Galway County9191652701194619146467133.6
Leitrim3557195631312934.3
Mayo71511519577281345746633.5
Roscommon551100297842320933.7
Sligo11071884214867525234.3
             
ULSTER (part of)11363744031395530111051,07432.5
Cavan68851134017937128933.2
Donegal52020120273271781355732.4
Monaghan88888261142122832.0
             
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES 
Border1861618740281108563225171,95633.2
Midland1348272412185632913981,05233.1
West305340169029495492515171,66933.4
Dublin471581,2692,3801,03339019113659785,74134.3
Mid-East1854540855360160785421352,17534.3
Mid-West145734857625797402910151,44333.6
South-East2850468793350146803925232,00234.1
South-West4586311,033468167794625362,54734.1
             
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND1725394,5477,4793,2281,22660237418922918,58533.9
NORTHERN IRELAND216160160702516104246533.0
BRITAIN4243705601975128131061,26332.9
ELSEWHERE34373601171361713751,25732.4
             
Table 11 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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     
Carlow28724442185.0
Dublin City2,6682,4631842192.3
South Dublin982872105588.8
Fingal1,2251,0881241388.8
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown86477679989.8
Kildare89180084789.8
Kilkenny36531350285.8
Laois29926632189.0
Longford14011621382.9
Louth482448201492.9
Meath72263282887.5
Offaly28922959179.2
Westmeath33428844286.2
Wexford56150949390.7
Wicklow5745235191.1
      
Clare38633448486.5
Cork City45337674383.0
Cork County1,6481,4781531789.7
Kerry48442257587.2
Limerick City18915730283.1
Limerick County56148077485.6
North Tipperary28622458478.3
South Tipperary31826255182.4
Waterford City15213614289.5
Waterford County27123136485.2
      
Galway City30625645583.7
Galway County682564114482.7
Leitrim13410626279.1
Mayo466403531086.5
Roscommon2181714778.4
Sligo24621231386.2
      
Cavan27423833386.9
Donegal541496301591.7
Monaghan22219423587.4
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES     
Border1,8991,7421154291.7
Midland1,062927128787.3
West1,6721,5191341990.8
Dublin5,7395,4632284895.2
Mid-East2,1871,9771951590.4
Mid-West1,4221,2751331489.7
South-East1,9541,8041371392.3
South-West2,5852,4211392593.7
      
PROVINCES     
Leinster10,68310,3612329097.0
Munster4,7484,5351674695.5
Connacht2,0521,8891392492.1
Ulster (part of)1,037944702391.0
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND18,52018,33718399.0
NORTHERN IRELAND52542792681.3
BRITAIN1,3131,212762592.3
ELSEWHERE1,2121,121801192.5
      
Table 12 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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     
Carlow2862444285.3
Dublin City2,6862,4631982591.7
South Dublin9878721041188.3
Fingal1,2021,088981690.5
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown86677684689.6
Kildare88880080890.1
Kilkenny38131361782.2
Laois3072664186.6
Longford14811631178.4
Louth501448421189.4
Meath71063276289.0
Offaly25522925189.8
Westmeath34228853184.2
Wexford56750950889.8
Wicklow57752349590.6
      
Clare39733458584.1
Cork City44637666484.3
Cork County1,6191,4781241791.3
Kerry48242255587.6
Limerick City18815730183.5
Limerick County57748090783.2
North Tipperary28122452579.7
South Tipperary33426265778.4
Waterford City16613628281.9
Waterford County26823135286.2
      
Galway City32325665279.3
Galway County671564100784.1
Leitrim12910617682.2
Mayo466403521186.5
Roscommon20917136281.8
Sligo25221238284.1
      
Cavan289238391282.4
Donegal557496243789.0
Monaghan228194221285.1
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES     
Border1,9561,7421348089.1
Midland1,052927122388.1
West1,6691,5191282291.0
Dublin5,7415,4632205895.2
Mid-East2,1751,9771831590.9
Mid-West1,4431,2751501888.4
South-East2,0021,8041722690.1
South-West2,5472,4211002695.1
      
PROVINCES     
Leinster10,70310,36124010296.8
Munster4,7584,5351685595.3
Connacht2,0501,8891313092.1
Ulster (part of)1,074944696187.9
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND18,58518,33724898.7
NORTHERN IRELAND46542733591.8
BRITAIN1,2631,212361596.0
ELSEWHERE1,2571,1211142289.2
      
Table 13 Marriages of opposite sex couples celebrated in each county and city during 2016 classified by form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
Province, county or cityCatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianThe Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association Total
TOTAL12,140372699659995,5881,43721,570
         
LEINSTER5,007196177526313,38893010,921
Carlow2061320169715367
Dublin City55917248981,7081702,602
South Dublin28413232483013422
Fingal28113151395930474
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown19019218392539332
Kildare4632821081012611251,088
Kilkenny3638127912627561
Laois2571510115614363
Longford13211271162
Louth36391222817134628
Meath64194176692202081,327
Offaly22941996411336
Westmeath2611132384637416
Wexford41912672619626746
Wicklow3593411211003021801,097
         
MUNSTER3,9397911412001,2833946,037
Clare434313473943579
Cork City2743161739237730
Cork County1,1274232601621821,605
Kerry712103926151651,003
Limerick City101131852292
Limerick County4233473218487
North Tipperary29567117917415
South Tipperary24951169116378
Waterford City653107871173
Waterford County259418166513375
         
CONNACHT1,97326238124541712,775
Galway City18646234816283
Galway County6033116123219929
Leitrim144514184176
Mayo5928111209417743
Roscommon22146413275
Sligo2276151010812369
         
ULSTER (part of)1,22171493444376421,837
Cavan299234201410422486
Donegal671353662122971,005
Monaghan251139894313346
         
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES        
Border1,95591516286673923010
Midland8792116258193631,277
West1,60215132110415552,230
Dublin1,3146271492241,8222523,830
Mid-East1,4637174052707835133,512
Mid-West1,253122568335801,773
South-East1,56145115380662982,600
South-West2,113551771037052843,338
         
Table 13A Same Sex marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2016 classified by form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
Province, county or cityCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association The Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsTotal
TOTAL8509773361,056
      
LEINSTER612685820758
Carlow729
Dublin City4402597481
South Dublin134
Fingal42612
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown461112
Kildare23116545
Kilkenny18220
Laois617
Longford
Louth2111124
Meath1389232
Offaly516
Westmeath416112
Wexford2834237
Wicklow39710157
      
MUNSTER14022913184
Clare22116
Cork City542157
Cork County10113428
Kerry1342221
Limerick City3636
Limerick County1113
North Tipperary2125
South Tipperary7119
Waterford City88
Waterford County711211
      
CONNACHT5754369
Galway City628
Galway County2721333
Leitrim44
Mayo71210
Roscommon22
Sligo11112
      
ULSTER (part of)412245
Cavan12113
Donegal28129
Monaghan123
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES     
Border7734185
Midland1527125
West4253353
Dublin44834198509
Mid-East7526258134
Mid-West4132450
South-East7578494
South-West771757106
      
Table 13B Same Sex marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2016 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
TOTAL490603620606 360373716450
            
LEINSTER375442813460 23724307298
Carlow426 33
Dublin City2781945306 162652175
South Dublin22 112
Fingal4138 134
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown33118 134
Kildare1082323 1334222
Kilkenny8210 1010
Laois33 314
Longford 
Louth141116 718
Meath84214 547218
Offaly213 33
Westmeath2316 2136
Wexford1122116 1712121
Wicklow2846139 113418
            
MUNSTER65123787 75106697
Clare213 213
Cork City282131 2626
Cork County541212 572216
Kerry64111 71210
Limerick City1616 2020
Limerick County 1113
North Tipperary11 2114
South Tipperary415 314
Waterford City44 44
Waterford County224 5117
            
CONNACHT273434 302335
Galway City44 224
Galway County132116 14317
Leitrim22 22
Mayo3126 44
Roscommon22 
Sligo314 88
            
ULSTER (part of)231125 181120
Cavan55 718
Donegal17118 1111
Monaghan112 11
            
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES           
Border4222147 351238
Midland74112 82313
West223328 202325
Dublin28523106324 1631192185
Mid-East461610476 291015458
Mid-West162220 2512230
South-East3345345 4233149
South-West39102354 3873452
            
Table 14 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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
TOTAL12,140372699659995,5881,43721,570
         
LEINSTER5,204183106665623,25680210,683
Carlow16813298789287
Dublin City1,0273921511461,0342692,668
South Dublin40610918630188982
Fingal52314299694121061,225
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown392302514624796864
Kildare460191605023764891
Kilkenny258674846365
Laois2011559609299
Longford97217303140
Louth2773322212127482
Meath3928753517636722
Offaly218155582289
Westmeath2112116227210334
Wexford3437211416214561
Wicklow23114433918463574
         
MUNSTER3,09743971161,1572384,748
Clare27114138413386
Cork City2353171314144453
Cork County1,0562334493741121,648
Kerry3545869120484
Limerick City10824687189
Limerick County387391312722561
North Tipperary216226573286
South Tipperary22861785318
Waterford City73176614152
Waterford County169585768271
         
CONNACHT1,4371922969458382,052
Galway City16416191079306
Galway County493492913512682
Leitrim9623312134
Mayo3582119806466
Roscommon169135373218
Sligo157924686246
         
ULSTER (part of)76430211322165221,037
Cavan172101995914274
Donegal4181717211733541
Monaghan1743322335222
         
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:        
Border1,29444234551385571,899
Midland7272012743220241,062
West1,18482962359301,672
Dublin2,3489363923471,9945595,739
Mid-East1,0834111781245971632,187
Mid-West98261736336451,422
South-East1,2393225838539461,954
South-West1,6453159686061762,585
         
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND10,502275338057695,0361,10018,520
NORTHERN IRELAND2572722183313830525
BRITAIN741521155852051641,313
ELSEWHERE640183871122091431,212
         
Table 15 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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
TOTAL12,140372699659995,5881,43721,570
         
LEINSTER5,220188136705703,24080210,703
Carlow1721386789286
Dublin City1,0293331521541,0452702,686
South Dublin414161898529785987
Fingal502132102704071061,202
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown3843125742250100866
Kildare463181605222965888
Kilkenny2676175878381
Laois20816685910307
Longford106115323148
Louth2984322311628501
Meath38491723817234710
Offaly19166502255
Westmeath2221115236911342
Wexford35212211115813567
Wicklow228151424219158577
         
MUNSTER3,105421981181,1562384,758
Clare28424138212397
Cork City2333151613643446
Cork County1,03523134463731071,619
Kerry3465869720482
Limerick City10624706188
Limerick County4021111212526577
North Tipperary214227533281
South Tipperary234161875334
Waterford City84176617166
Waterford County167497729268
         
CONNACHT1,4471723268447372,050
Galway City18541610711323
Galway County4804133013212671
Leitrim9242292129
Mayo365111011744466
Roscommon160145372209
Sligo1657114686252
         
ULSTER (part of)79934211218169211,074
Cavan182141886214289
Donegal434171929733557
Monaghan1833121344228
         
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:        
Border1,35449224547382571,956
Midland7271812842210261,052
West1,190613162350291,669
Dublin2,3299384003511,9995615,741
Mid-East1,0754231741325921572,175
Mid-West1,00651936330471,443
South-East1,2763715836543512,002
South-West1,61431157686061702,547
         
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND10,571281378127745,0121,09818,585
NORTHERN IRELAND2182620152812929465
BRITAIN72049949791961611,263
ELSEWHERE631163891182511491,257
         
Table 16 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January541324256282208666
February1346372786317249775
March205548871704054061,191
April183952451816877161,738
May539081672145755251,605
June6670831183517837772,248
July96103861213981,0891,0752,968
August761521411474118988472,672
September4779811103941,0708192,600
October437762602096548081,913
November174952611584974161,250
December501832032454424683531,944
Total5049849581,1303,0707,7257,19921,570
         
Table 16A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January24271216245
February292141019460
March417232013481
April1171141831587
May11115121332488
June271717263411114
July614511245210122
August219151326348117
September68714334512125
October349820341088
November2886923763
December37892115366
Total30112116138232348801,056
         
Table 16B Marriages of opposite sex and same sex couples registered in 2016 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January745344968298210711
February1555394196336253835
March2059651101904184101,272
April195663491997187211,825
May5410196792276075291,693
June68771001353778177882,362
July102117911324221,1411,0853,090
August781711561604379328552,789
September5387881244271,1158312,725
October468171682296888182,001
November195760671675204231,313
December531902112544634833562,010
Total5341,0961,0741,2683,3028,0737,27922,626
         
Table 17 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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
Total12,140372699659995,5881,43721,570
Single men and single women11,894317627507363,9561,21918,934
Single men and widows3013528269
Widowers and single women4023137689
Widowers and widows121231331
Divorced men and single women782031081146211141,058
Single men and divorced women76152527144350709
Divorced men and widows31634448
Widowers and divorced women233856577
Divorced men and divorced women8111435539737552
Former Civil Partner and Former Civil Partner33
         
Table 17A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 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 Male490603620606
Total Female360373716450
      
Single men and single men241482919337
Male civil partner and male civil partner21796232
Divorced men and divorced man33
Single men and divorced men252128
Other men4116
      
Single women and single women16332276228
Female civil partner and female civil partner182312188
Widows and divorced women22
Single woman and divorced woman1119728
Single woman and widow112
Former Civil Partner (female) and Former Civil Partner (female)11
Other women11
Table 18 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 classified by area of residence and previous civil status of groom
Area of residence of groomSingle menWidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerTotal
TOTAL19,7121971,658321,570
      
LEINSTER9,699114867310,683
Carlow254330287
Dublin City2,4641918322,668
South Dublin89211781982
Fingal1,095191111,225
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown7821567864
Kildare810972891
Kilkenny34718365
Laois275519299
Longford129110140
Louth436640482
Meath644474722
Offaly266320289
Westmeath302626334
Wexford505254561
Wicklow4981165574
 
MUNSTER4,348413594,748
Clare355625386
Cork City411438453
Cork County1,515141191,648
Kerry449431484
Limerick City176310189
Limerick County525234561
North Tipperary255130286
South Tipperary294222318
Waterford City134117152
Waterford County234433271
      
CONNACHT1,919141192,052
Galway City293211306
Galway County636541682
Leitrim1259134
Mayo436327466
Roscommon202214218
Sligo227217246
      
ULSTER (part of)9728571,037
Cavan249322274
Donegal511327541
Monaghan21228222
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:     
Border1,760161231,899
Midland97215751,062
West1,56712931,672
Dublin5,2336443935,739
Mid-East1,952242112,187
Mid-West1,31112991,422
South-East1,768121741,954
South-West2,375221882,585
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND16,9381771,402318,520
NORTHERN IRELAND462261525
BRITAIN1,19781081,313
ELSEWHERE1,11510871,212
      
Table 19 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 classified by area of residence and previous civil status of bride
Area of residence of brideSingle womenWidowsDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerTotal
TOTAL20,0811481,338321,570
     
LEINSTER9,90790703310,703
Carlow267316286
Dublin City2,5321713522,686
South Dublin9189591987
Fingal1,087131021,202
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown810848866
Kildare828456888
Kilkenny351327381
Laois29116307
Longford136210148
Louth461634501
Meath647657710
Offaly240213255
Westmeath318222342
Wexford507456567
Wicklow5141152577
      
MUNSTER4,443282874,758
Clare376516397
Cork City42026446
Cork County1,5158961,619
Kerry4431128482
Limerick City177110188
Limerick County54334577
North Tipperary263117281
South Tipperary306127334
Waterford City15313166
Waterford County247120268
      
CONNACHT1,91591262,050
Galway City303218323
Galway County635135671
Leitrim11712129
Mayo435328466
Roscommon192215209
Sligo233118252
      
ULSTER (part of)1,0179481,074
Cavan262423289
Donegal539513557
Monaghan21612228
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:     
Border1,828161121,956
Midland9856611,052
West1,5658961,669
Dublin5,3474734435,741
Mid-East1,989211652,175
Mid-West1,3597771,443
South-East1,831121592,002
South-West2,378191502,547
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND17,2821361,164318,585
NORTHERN IRELAND423339465
BRITAIN1,1955631,263
ELSEWHERE1,1814721,257
      
Table 20 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 classified by age of groom and bride in single years; all marriages
Age ofAge of bride
groom16 & under17181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950-5455-5960-6465 & overAll ages
All ages416986066651081452293986641,0001,4701,9182,0712,0541,8791,5141,2821,11587167256744136831324021220517112612012312341021013111121,570
16 & under
17224
1814261471154
19263110624111165
20132112941322159
2115477924221145
22344978551221112156
232179171575543332211188
2423551220252311879632133111151
25314351832423222121210105214211222
26433917274674534023188113571141358
271231091224551051407858301520810921121596
2822421082044961932221146548332518222331111940
29331224466513126731620610574452918154523111,375
3022147193651114217331382228126754331241111421111,724
312317122865911662753293592161068740322599321121,871
32154914417112519628233829316986604926146552211,804
33233153041971451962442472071398855342518742433211,615
341131081834701321551732242231681206547241517104342111,533
35131410152857981121491841491631518252322011148631121,357
361271618327099104127144145131102614325131010531211,172
3711238917414772899710188967151311912126653231894
38318131832415775677173655463383119126481151767
391114914223243393756626851454132157109761125621
4013266152235385341443946313724161110352133497
411146615192430283039373645253322739231131431
4221217613192316352236332130242614163611211362
43211226277207202319282426252118185353611303
44111338551221191924211719222119138114782294
451241349915121711161717151711710107891233
463352441010151211201171713116810511198
471318265668416912107201612997141192
4811222243577116199991589881031161
49124115487111138991010345762041154
50-54131324129121315201714211623202034243433291152881532
55-5911111221125672427813171110152221109691710368
60-641111251123437555855534217222
65 & over111111232214538505881252
                                        
Table 21 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 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 ages416986066651051412263916509831,4491,8752,0131,9951,8091,4351,1891,00775955147534127320915110911671574543358220101018,934
16 & under
17224
1814261471154
19263110624111165
20132112941321158
211547792422144
22344978551221111155
232179171575543332111187
242355122025231186862113111144
25314351832413222121210103212211217
2643391727467352402218893561131351
2712310912245410513977573015187992111586
2822421082044951922221126547312417221331111930
293312244465131266315206105734228171534121,359
3022146193549114217330380228123734129231183111,700
3123171128659116527332735521410582383221882111,840
3214491439691251932783362911678357452514554211,771
3322314294097141190239242205135864833211743322211,561
341121081833691321501692212181621106142201416721321,472
35131310152654941081471831441571417448271791364311,289
3612716182965919912013914112094543924897421,089
3711238717384367849089859063492816108551211814
38215121731385370626968615055292215115441685
3911149141930373634495861434038291379634113551
4011254121933314737383245263019115631123414
4111456131821272528352831382229173252211365
4211451011171128163328142618179123611272
4311112427619717211523162217121312224141233
4411 326347151512161612101311955623177
4512323961181069141013105292313142
463242117479713967942233105
47252333153865661375552398
4811211121243548414105543375
491242337544235111226159
50-541127165547954116101361111122751170
55-591111111111122483204256
60-6411121211483227
65 & over11124615
                                        
Table 22 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 classified by age and previous civil status of groom
AgeSingle MenWidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerTotal
Total19,7121971,658321,570
Age of groom     
Under 20123123
20-24399399
25-293,484613,491
30-348,4771698,547
35-394,606320024,811
40-441,60572751,887
45-4959717324938
50-5423220280532
55-5910033235368
60 and over89116269474
Average age of groom34.362.150.134.635.7
      
Table 23 Marriages of opposite sex couples registered in 2016 classified by age and previous civil status of bride
AgeSingle womenWidowsDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerTotal
Total20,0811481,338321,570
Age of bride     
Under 20178178
20-24613613
25-295,4061435,450
30-348,675611728,800
35-393,4181223513,666
40-441,074132511,338
45-4940214247663
50-5419224194410
55-596217131210
60 and over6161120242
Average age of bride32.856.146.135.133.8
      
Table 23A Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 classified by previous civil status and average age of partners
TotalCivil PartnersSingleWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerSurviving Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
2,1128401,1954648140.7
        
Table 23B Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 classified by previous civil status and average age of male partners
TotalCivil PartnersSingleWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerSurviving Civil PartnerAverage age of partners
1,212464708345140.5
        
Table 23C Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 classified by previous civil status and average age of female partners
TotalCivil PartnersSingleWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerSurviving Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
900376487430341.0
        
Table 24 Same Sex Marriages registered in 2016 classified by future area of residence of partners
Area of residence of partnersAll Same Sex MarriagesMale Same Sex MarriagesFemale Same Sex Marriages
TOTAL1,056606450
    
LEINSTER716422294
Carlow752
Dublin City358245113
South Dublin512526
Fingal844044
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown633132
Kildare291217
Kilkenny1055
Laois963
Longford
Louth19136
Meath17107
Offaly835
Westmeath624
Wexford281018
Wicklow271512
    
MUNSTER1416873
Clare642
Cork City241410
Cork County442024
Kerry1284
Limerick City16412
Limerick County1789
North Tipperary725
South Tipperary422
Waterford City312
Waterford County853
    
CONNACHT572235
Galway City1459
Galway County18711
Leitrim725
Mayo1174
Roscommon
Sligo716
    
ULSTER (part of)211110
Cavan615
Donegal1394
Monaghan211
    
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES   
Border542727
Midland231112
West431924
Dublin556341215
Mid-East733736
Mid-West461828
South-East602832
South-West804238
  
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND935523412
Northern Ireland271512
Outside the State946826
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 2016.

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 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 2016 (and hence included in these statistics) occurred in years before 2016.

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, 13,13A,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/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 2016 usual residence population is 4,673,745.

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.

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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