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E-mail: vitalstats@cso.ie Carol Anne Hennessy (+353) 21 453 5307 Marie Crowley (+353) 21 453 5016 Paula Scully (+353) 21 453 5792
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Marriages

2018

 20182017
Opposite-Sex Marriages20,38921,262
Same-Sex Marriages664759
All Marriages rate per 1,000 population4.34.6
Average Age of Groom (Opposite-Sex Marriage)36.436.1
Average Age of Bride (Opposite-Sex Marriage)34.434.1
Average Age of Male (Same-Sex Marriage)40.140.3
Average Age of Female (Same-Sex Marriage)38.740.5

There were 21,053 marriages in 2018 including 664 same-sex marriages

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There were 664 same-sex marriages in 2018, of which 372 were male unions and 292 were female unions.

The average age of couples in same-sex marriages in 2018 was 39.5 years.  The average age of male partners in same-sex marriages was 40.1 and the average age of female partners was lower at 38.7.  See tables 23A, 23B and 23C.

There were 20,389 opposite-sex marriages in 2018.  The average age of grooms was 36.4 years, 0.3 years more than the average age of grooms in 2017.  In the past 50 years, the average age of grooms decreased from 28.4 years in 1968 to 26.2 years, 10 years later, in 1978 and increased to a high of 36.4 years in 2018.  A similar trend is evident for brides with the average age decreasing from 25.5 in 1968 to a record low of 24.0 in 1978 and increasing to a high of 34.4 in 2018.  See tables 1 and 3.

The number of all marriages (opposite-sex and same-sex) registered in 2018 was 21,053 which equates to a crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of 4.3 per 1,000 population, 0.3 less than the 2017 rate.  This is 968 fewer marriages than in 2017 when 22,021 marriages took place.  Same-sex marriages accounted for 3.2% of all marriages in 2018.  See table 1.

 

In 2018, religious ceremonies accounted for 61.2% of all marriages.   There were 10,027 (47.6%) Catholic marriage ceremonies, 323 (1.5%) Church of Ireland ceremonies, The Spiritualist Union of Ireland performed 1,430 (6.8%) ceremonies and 1,108 (5.3%) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.   The majority of non-religious ceremonies were civil marriages which accounted for 29.8% (6,278) of all marriages; the remaining 1,887 (9.0%) couples had Humanist ceremonies. See tables 1, 3, 3A, 17, 17A and figure 2.

X-axis label%
Other
Religious
5.3
Church
of Ireland
1.5
Roman
Catholic
47.6
Civil
Marriages
29.8
Humanist
Association
9.0
Spiritualist
Union of
Ireland
6.8
63%
Percentage of opposite-sex couples opting for religious ceremonies (62.6%)

In 2018, religious ceremonies accounted for the highest proportion of opposite-sex marriages (62.6%).   There were 10,027 (49.2%) Catholic marriage ceremonies, 323 (1.6%) Church of Ireland ceremonies, 62 (0.3%) Presbyterian ceremonies while The Spiritualist Union of Ireland performed 1,341 (6.6%) marriage ceremonies in 2018.  The remaining 1,009 (4.9%) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.  Civil marriage ceremonies were the most popular choice for non-religious marriage ceremonies accounting for 5,861 (28.7%) of all opposite-sex marriages.  In recent years the Humanist Association has also risen in popularity with 1,766 (8.7%) such marriages in 2018 compared to 1,616 (7.6%) in 2017.  See tables 1, 3 and 17, and figure 2.

63%
Percentage of same-sex couples having civil ceremonies in 2018 (62.8%)

The most popular form of ceremony for same-sex marriage celebrations was civil marriage ceremonies, which accounted for 417 marriages (62.8%) followed by The Humanist Association of Ireland with 121 or 18.2% of ceremonies, The Spiritualist Union of Ireland accounted for 89 or 13.4% of ceremonies and the remaining 37 of same-sex couples (i.e. 5.6%) had ceremonies with other religious denominations.  Over one-third of all same-sex marriage ceremonies took place in the Dublin City area (34.8%), followed by Cork City with 6.2%.  See Tables 1, 3A, 3B, 13A, 13B and 17A.

August
The most popular month for all marriages in 2018

August was the most popular month for opposite-sex marriages in 2018

August was the most popular month for opposite-sex marriages, similar to 2017.  In 2018, 13.5% (or 2,758) of marriages occurred in August.  Almost a quarter (24.5%) 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 566 (2.8%) of opposite-sex marriages occurring during that month. 

Friday and Saturday were the most popular days of the week to get married with 14,385 or 70.6% of opposite-sex marriages occurring on those days.  The least popular day was Sunday when 594 (2.9%) couples wed.  See table 16.

Saturday 4th August was the most popular date for opposite-sex marriages in 2018 with 239 (1.3%) marriages taking place on that day.  This was followed by Saturday 2nd June, when 231 (1.2%) marriages occurred.  Friday 10th August was the third most popular date with 229 (1.2%) marriage celebrations on that day.  See table 16.

August was the most popular month for same-sex marriages in 2018

The most popular month for same-sex marriages in 2018 was August with 92 (13.8%) marriages.  

Friday was the most popular day for same-sex marriages with over one-third (246) or 37.0% 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 28 couples (4.2%) wed.  See table 16A.

Friday 23rd of March and Friday 7th September were jointly the most popular dates for same-sex marriages in 2018 with 10 (1.5%) marriages respectively, occurring on each of these days. These were followed by Friday 22nd June, 20th July, and the 17th August, when 9 (1.4%) marriages took place on each of those dates.

EU marriage rate

In 2017 (most recent available data) Lithuania had the highest crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of the EU 28 Member States with a rate of 7.5 per 1,000 population.  Slovenia had the lowest rates, with 3.1 marriages per 1,000 population.  In comparison, in 2017 Ireland had a marriage rate of 4.6 per thousand population and was ranked 18th.  (The latest available data for Germany and France was 2016 and 2015 was the most recent data available for The United Kingdom. See figure 3.

EU-28Marriage rate
Lithuania7.5
Romania7.3
Cyprus6.8
Latvia6.8
Malta6.3
Slovakia5.8
Denmark5.5
Hungary5.2
Sweden5.2
Austria5.1
Poland5.1
Germany (2016)5
Czech Republic5
Croatia4.9
Estonia4.9
Finland4.8
Greece4.7
Ireland (2017)4.6
United Kingdom (2015)4.4
Ireland (2018)4.3
Bulgaria4
Belgium3.9
Netherlands3.8
Spain3.7
France (2016)3.5
Portugal3.3
Italy3.2
Luxembourg3.2
Slovenia3.1

Groom older than bride in 62.5% of opposite-sex marriages

The average age of grooms and brides in 2018 was 36.4 years and 34.4 years respectively.  The average age of grooms marrying for the first time was 34.9 years and for brides the average age was 33.4 years.   See tables 22 and 23.

The groom was older than the bride in 62.5% of marriages in 2018.  See tables 7 and 8.

In 2018, 2.0% of grooms were under the age of 25 and 45.1% of grooms were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  For brides, 3.2% were under the age of 25 and 34.6% were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  See tables 1, 7 and 8.

Monaghan had the lowest average age for both grooms and brides in 2018, at 34.5 and 32.5 years respectively.  At the other end of the scale, Wicklow had the highest average age for both, with 38.3 years for grooms and 36.3 years for brides.  See tables 9 and 10.

Over 87% of opposite-sex marriages were first time marriages

In 2018, 87.2% (17,789) of opposite-sex marriages were the first marriage for both the groom and bride.  The breakdown between grooms and brides was 18,581 (91.1%) grooms and 18,881 (92.6%) brides marrying for the first time.  See tables 17, 19, 22 and 23.

There were 2,440 opposite-sex marriages involving at least one divorced person in 2018, including 568 marriages where both parties were divorced.  See table 17.

Over 85% of same-sex marriages were first time marriages  

Of the 1,328 individual same-sex partners in 2018, the majority - 1,137 or 85.6% were previously single, 132 (9.9%) were previous civil partners, while 49 (3.7%) were divorced, 8 (0.6%) were former civil partners, and 1 surviving civil partner.  See tables 23A, 23B and 23C.

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

Marriages where both the bride and groom were residing in Ireland before marriage accounted for 85.3% (17,388) of marriages.  In 2018, 2,594 (12.7%) marriages involved both the bride and groom living outside the State before marriage.   See tables 11 and 12.

The future permanent residence of opposite-sex married couples was stated to be outside Ireland in 13.4% (2,734) of marriages in 2018.  This compares to 2,838 (13.3%) in 2017.  See table 1.

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

In 2018, 23.2% (4,739) of all marriages involved the bride and groom being of the same socio-economic group.

Over half (57%) of grooms and more than two-fifths (41.9%) 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 2.9% of grooms married within their own group in comparison to 38.3% of brides doing so.  See table 6 and background notes. 

Civil Partnerships

There were no civil partnership ceremonies in 2018. Civil partnership legislation has been superseded by same-sex marriage legislation.  See note on same-sex marriage legislation below. 

Divorces granted in 2017

For the numbers of divorces and judicial separations granted in 2017 (the most recent data available) see attached link:  Divorce: (Courts Service Annual Report 2017) The section on Family Law page 57-60 contains this information.

Population

The estimated population (usual residence) in April 2018 was 4,857,015.

Same-sex marriage legislation.

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

Table 1 Summary data for marriages 2013-2018
 Opposite-sex marriages Same-sex marriages All marriages
 201320142015201620172018 20172018 20172018
State20,68022,04522,02521,57021,26220,389 759664 22,02121,053
3Marriage rate per 1,000 population4.54.74.74.64.44.2 0.20.1 4.64.3
Average age of party 1134.935.035.335.736.136.4 43.442.2 36.336.6
Average age of party 2232.833.033.233.834.134.4 37.436.8 34.234.5
Percentage of marriages by            
age of party 11%%%%%% %% %%
  Under 200.60.40.40.60.50.4 0.00.0 0.50.4
  20-242.42.32.41.81.71.5 0.90.5 1.71.5
  25-2920.019.718.516.215.914.7 6.77.8 15.614.5
  30-3441.040.539.739.638.738.2 17.418.7 38.037.6
  35-3919.019.720.622.321.922.4 20.627.1 21.822.5
  40 and over17.017.318.419.521.422.7 54.445.9 22.623.5
Percentage of marriages by            
age of party 22%%%%%% %% %%
  Under 201.11.11.10.80.70.7 0.10.0 0.70.7
  20-244.34.44.02.82.72.5 4.34.2 2.82.6
  25-2929.428.727.225.324.022.6 19.220.6 23.822.6
  30-3439.739.540.440.840.739.5 24.927.9 40.239.2
  35-3914.714.815.117.017.218.5 19.617.9 17.318.5
  40 and over10.811.512.213.314.616.1 31.829.4 15.216.5
Form of ceremony            
  Roman Catholic12,92113,07212,48612,14011,21910,027  11,21910,027
  Church of Ireland453445393372379323  379323
  Presbyterian728173696462  6462
  Methodist252726273122  3122
  Jewish111  
  Spiritualist Union of Ireland8198229651,0831,341 7689 1,1591,430
  Other religious1,112538804972980987 4537 1,0251,024
  Civil marriages6,0966,1676,1565,5885,8905,861 527417 6,4176,278
  Humanist Association8951,2641,4371,6161,766 111121 1,7271,887
Country of future residence     
Outside Republic of Ireland2,3162,6682,8452,9332,8382,734 120100 2,9582,834
  Northern Ireland319432421477489449 2923 518472
  England and Wales9471,0581,1171,1751,1461106 3430 1,1801,136
  Scotland807497998987 22 9189
  Europe EU 28 (excluding Ireland and UK)122108 1212 134120
  Europe remainder2414 15 2519
  Europe (excluding Ireland and UK)152157150155  
  U.S.A198192214227254275 106 264281
  Elsewhere620755846797714695 3222 746717
  Not stated113  
Percentage of marriages with %%%%%% %% %%
country of residence outside            
Republic of Ireland11.212.112.913.613.313.4 15.815.1 13.413.5
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.
3Rates have been revised for intercensal years (2012-2015)
Table 2 Age specific marriage rates, 2017 and 2018
 Opposite-sex marriages Same-sex marriages All marriages
AgeMarriages per 1,000 males at specified agesMarriages per 1,000 females at specified agesMarriages per 1,000 males at specified agesMarriages per 1,000 females at specified agesMarriages per 1,000 males at specified agesMarriages per 1,000 females at specified ages
 2017201820172018 2017201820172018 2017201820172018
All ages, 16-4917.716.217.816.9 0.30.50.20.4 18.016.418.117.3
16-190.80.51.31.2 0.00.00.00.0 0.80.51.31.1
201.81.52.21.40.00.00.00.01.81.52.21.4
211.51.02.11.90.00.10.00.01.51.02.11.8
222.41.74.23.20.00.10.00.12.41.74.23.1
232.62.75.04.40.00.10.00.12.62.75.04.3
244.44.18.27.60.20.30.00.24.64.18.27.4
20-242.62.14.33.6 0.00.10.00.1 2.62.14.33.5
257.16.313.212.00.00.30.10.27.16.313.311.6
2612.710.721.118.60.10.70.10.212.810.921.218.8
2720.318.633.129.80.30.70.10.520.618.833.329.4
2830.528.143.942.70.31.50.20.730.828.544.144.0
2945.337.557.051.50.20.70.40.845.637.857.453.4
25-2923.420.634.431.6 0.20.80.20.5 23.620.834.631.9
3053.950.161.860.10.30.90.20.954.250.562.165.3
3154.055.858.155.90.31.30.31.054.356.258.461.4
3254.649.948.448.00.50.90.40.955.150.348.852.4
3346.446.141.639.10.60.90.40.847.046.442.042.6
3439.941.331.930.70.40.80.40.940.341.732.333.9
30-3449.548.447.746.1 0.40.90.30.9 49.948.848.150.4
3534.032.824.926.60.61.10.31.134.633.425.229.9
3626.827.321.221.60.50.80.30.827.327.821.623.8
3722.221.616.917.30.40.80.30.622.722.017.218.6
3819.319.214.114.00.50.60.30.419.819.514.414.7
3918.218.213.212.80.40.70.40.618.618.713.614.0
35-3924.123.618.118.4 0.50.80.30.7 24.624.118.520.0
4014.314.710.410.70.30.50.30.414.714.910.711.1
4113.412.38.49.50.40.40.20.313.812.58.79.9
4211.611.06.97.10.40.70.20.412.011.47.17.4
439.09.96.16.40.50.50.40.49.510.26.56.8
448.67.95.84.90.30.50.30.48.98.16.15.2
40-4411.411.27.57.7 0.40.50.30.4 11.811.47.88.1
457.57.25.35.50.30.50.30.27.77.55.75.7
465.96.54.75.30.30.40.30.26.26.85.05.6
476.26.04.24.40.40.20.30.26.66.24.54.5
485.35.34.14.40.20.40.20.25.55.74.44.5
495.56.24.34.80.44.40.23.05.96.44.44.8
45-496.16.34.64.9 0.31.20.30.7 6.46.54.85.0
Table 3 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 classified according to age of groom/age of bride and form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
AgeCatholicChurchPresbyterian The SpiritualistOther religiousCivil MarriagesThe HumanistTotal
  of Ireland Union of Ireland denominations Association 
Age of groom        
Under 20771583
20-24136318331295315
25-291,59853231791447682272,992
30-344,679148214813001,4677027,798
35-392,2675453092191,2464634,563
40-448183491521177441742,048
45-492761419374512941,064
50-549842555832354594
55-59365413028221415
60 and over428233338526517
Total10,027323621,3411,0095,8611,76620,389
Age of bride        
Under 201211421147
20-241888617482426515
25-292,61983232602001,0603704,615
30-344,655139145153151,6208048,062
35-391,73558152692121,1363483,773
40-44451122127956471131,447
45-49164101806645164836
50-54507493929837480
55-59204161719816271
60 and over2428131888243
Total10,027323621,3411,0095,8611,76620,389
         
Average age of groom34.335.533.137.337.839.836.336.4
Average age of bride32.633.531.335.435.537.334.434.4
Table 3A Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 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
20-2433
25-293291152
30-346632215124
35-3995452713180
40-44531314888
45-4942118768
50-544443152
55-593564348
60 and over471149
Total4171218937664
Age of younger party     
Under 20
20-242142128
25-298522255137
30-34101433011185
35-3962291810119
40-4453147680
45-492755340
50-54303134
55-592111124
60 and over1717
Total4171218937664
Average age of older party44.238.538.541.642.2
Average age of younger party38.034.834.035.936.8
      
Table 3B Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 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 
20-2411 22
25-29232631 97521
30-3434188161 321413463
35-3950279591 451818889
40-442877648 2567240
45-492884545 1434223
50-542432130 201122
55-592351231 1213117
60 and over321134 1515
Total243713820372 174505117292
Age of younger party           
Under 20 
20-24132116 821112
25-29601013285 251212352
30-34502610692 511720593
35-39311710563 31128556
40-4432101447 2146233
45-491632223 1123117
50-54192122 11112
55-59121114 9110
60 and over1010 77
Total243713820372 174505117292
Average age of older party45.040.038.843.243.3 42.936.438.339.740.8
Average age of younger party37.835.733.237.536.9 38.333.634.634.036.6
Table 4 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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 occupations996304228803825161681236.6
Associate professional and Technical occupations5314511,2986993071398463673,14436.2
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations105710775513622141338538.5
Elementary occupations10612945393632211186758381,76936.8
Managers, Directors and Senior officials5202536974572331427961702,01737.8
Process, Plant and Machine operatives361533502701741147943631,25539.4
Professional occupations247492,3631,0764101759347845,02135.3
Sales and Customer service occupations22315625713156211431167434.4
Skilled trades occupations13616461,7171,15246724811887944,60336.4
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown4570137166112493313236170936.1
Total833152,9927,7984,5632,0481,06459441551720,38936.4
Table 5 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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 occupations1304639115612051378746462,48735.9
Associate professional and Technical occupations8425331,119511175875128232,57734.4
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations9777298804471991307945292,62434.5
Elementary occupations453204192136685439141077435.1
Managers, Directors and Senior officials20289550322133854819141,48035.5
Process, Plant and Machine operatives3051319954714637.2
Professional occupations1611,5513,4031,1353501556953426,82033.5
Sales and Customer service occupations5543104052319455351551,20934.2
Skilled trades occupations11074976639271851034736.8
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown118168432454333175974942571,92534.2
Total1475154,6158,0623,7731,44783648027124320,38934.4
Table 6 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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 occupations1741108223498278451033812
Associate professional and Technical occupations36861034461267241,078158451893,144
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations513593202117426757385
Elementary occupations19414033220910819259170392991,769
Managers, Directors and Senior officials2493001925528912615118291582,017
Process, Plant and Machine operatives189102270747226212118291631,255
Professional occupations45067227935313152,860133322325,021
Sales and Customer service occupations81809738431461031076674
Skilled trades occupations677459852217273391,1743031334764,603
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown546983424521243513242709
Total2,4872,5772,6247741,4801466,8201,2093471,92520,389
Table 6A Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 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 occupations1892421633158
Associate professional and Technical occupations72313113131936107
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations21014361464665
Elementary occupations23362122223
Managers, Directors and Senior officials7191062428618109
Process, Plant and Machine operatives231114113
Professional occupations163683171938813203
Sales and Customer service occupations82347327
Skilled trades occupations2554412225
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown38222 421134
Total571236226743195472552664
            
Table 7 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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 ages1298173,9332,7638,3823,2441,12120,389
1622
172316
18818733
19672942
Under 2016303783
201953247
2112911730
22114924149
231825830375
244153522353114
20-2462792451387315
255176129558175
26322109561046300
2724316513219022554
2855624419628517803
29954355270440321,160
25-29241929346831,074852,992
309624133315935311,462
316703993348296811,707
325623802778299741,654
3384827023082115841,539
3484423917274922041,436
30-34362861,7011,3443,821596147,798
3563621312259121831,189
3652814699470260221,030
374261376437224419866
382261165331424434789
39427826226121043689
35-39211436944002,0081,1761214,563
40526682820017546548
41512503316714538450
42112492712713359408
43116342511911845358
444103514818258284
40-4416762361276946532462,048
4552913699348257
46382014547252223
47213289496742210
48102412545028178
49381914455453196
45-49844120622713362231,064
50-5412216141162141156594
55-59114461590124125415
60-6459238496189244
65-69484253786164
70-741216193160
75 and over3793049
Table 8 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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 ages1,1213,2448,3822,7633,93381712920,389
16628
171222328
1884118168
1927237443
Under 2031792305147
2038225644
21514301555
228234091090
2393755811120
2416481022218206
20-24411302494550515
25168117229251324
26351182755642526
2749146471132721871
284222566519612041,252
296927683827018181,642
25-292118462,421683440144,615
3055274956331270131,899
3157253809334396171,866
3261235758277366291,726
33481875652303433411,408
3453173402172316471,163
30-342741,1223,4901,3441,69114018,062
3544152379122309581,064
365813329899225585876
374310224264212601724
38498218953162592596
39308715362128485513
35-392245561,2614001,036283133,773
40396612228105417408
4130518033925613355
421649872759263267
432233602566248238
441727501443199179
40-44124226399127365166401,447
452133581336371199
462632481438227187
472123459311310152
482333301229192148
491733461425114150
45-491081542276215910224836
50-54679112241875121480
55-594551671556298271
60-64173130828146134
65-694131441310664
70-74346137832
75 and over3431213
Table 8A Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 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 partner664281371851198040342417
Under 20
20-2433
25-29521141
30-3412455465
35-391806308361
40-448815232732
45-49684921259
50-54521218131710
55-594811128101510
60 and over4932491417
            
Table 8B Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 classified by older male partner's age and younger male partner's relative age
  Younger male partner
Older male partners All agesUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
All ages372 168592634723221410
Under 20
20-2411
25-2931625
30-346133127
35-39913194029
40-444815141315
45-49453613176
50-543011167104
55-593111126596
60 and over343229810
Table 8C Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 classified by older female partner's age and younger female partner's relative age
  Younger female partner
Older female partnerAll agesUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
All ages29212529356331712107
Under 20
20-2422
25-2921516
30-346322338
35-39893114332
40-444091417
45-492313883
50-542212676
55-59172564
60 and over15267
            
Table 8D Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 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 Marriages664517.732548.916524.812318.5
Male Same-Sex Marriages372277.315541.710127.28923.9
Female Same-Sex Marriages 292248.217058.26421.93411.6
          
          
Table 9 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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
Total833152,9927,7984,5632,0481,06459441551720,38936.4
             
Leinster361741,4233,6582,3081,10457531723028010,10536.8
Carlow1525805831584522236.7
Dublin City6413139425572231399351742,43936.8
South Dublin824124339253134542631291,02237.1
Fingal216138379242144673616181,05836.8
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown1886345163894327112780037.0
Kildare36119280220973726171882336.7
Kilkenny1248137873315741034436.4
Laois135211062322475730336.4
Longford4722503516544114835.0
Louth67416689341917121343036.7
Meath212130267165643821212274236.6
Offaly19569760331335528235.4
Westmeath1969133663124911936236.1
Wexford41593170120584616221956337.4
Wicklow11174163131854617162356738.3
             
Munster24565771,7141,0184902561471001174,49936.8
Clare543715183402114121237937.4
Cork City2361163914629167942736.8
Cork County414204619360184705527471,58436.8
Kerry1664174105483810111547237.1
Limerick City15316655251158220936.6
Limerick County111771951074325913848935.9
Tipperary61054187130503522111151636.8
Waterford City21146047261545517937.9
Waterford County223599402812126824436.9
             
Connacht16362477624531731014129501,90836.2
Galway City353110673351453528036.2
Galway County41279250170612814111764636.4
Leitrim121346201382410936.7
Mayo49581859231271151343536.0
Roscommon15418947201153622835.5
Sligo33258651131365521036.5
             
Ulster (part of)51918839923492482313241,04535.6
Cavan341119582412851128136.4
Donegal31510318913154271161155035.6
Monaghan2144914514942221434.5
             
Regional Authorities            
Border924226531305118692920331,36435.8
Midland728199390223112662325221,09535.8
West1231209630382147803522411,58936.1
Dublin17896612,0051,2155903031821091485,31936.9
Mid-East6353978766052801408166762,56237.0
Mid-West1330199599375158925044331,59336.6
South-East1025215546352176934741471,55237.1
South-West7233299565562781378145712,48336.8
             
Republic of Ireland812852,4356,5334,0131,85998052837247117,55736.7
Northern Ireland7128173923115129647334.6
Britain21122657123486383118171,23434.9
Elsewhere1220352122472312316231,12535.0
Table 10 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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
Total1475154,6158,0623,7731,44783648027124320,38934.4
             
Leinster792582,0973,9011,97179147027216312810,13034.9
Carlow33457955151152222034.7
Dublin City15764529974781741176850332,46035.1
South Dublin143218938420375512920211,01835.3
Fingal7221954032289742331571,04935.1
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown14125379162613918121282235.2
Kildare5151833051836534229682734.6
Kilkenny25731336128986332834.7
Laois1117212657221663131534.0
Longford3113648191253113833.0
Louth11120171643221107444034.3
Meath511179274129544016141173334.8
Offaly210821025020127228733.4
Westmeath714106128582117104436933.7
Wexford121613718910352231781256934.9
Wicklow37103183121633320111155536.3
             
Munster351059811,73788832619211655614,49634.7
Clare3688140672821127737935.2
Cork City21085170813823106442934.9
Cork County2535063432397594125181,57234.7
Kerry213105180913419164847234.8
Limerick City394669501863721134.7
Limerick County8201191821023217123349833.6
Tipperary91011318787402796549334.3
Waterford City5429784621108520635.5
Waterford County38469741181054423634.6
             
Connacht2852418782341142783617201,91434.1
Galway City695411676251275331334.6
Galway County71513826411553231041164034.4
Leitrim1133321656219733.6
Mayo9118017872341994241834.1
Roscommon3106097291195122532.7
Sligo2653953314933322134.1
             
Ulster (part of)43632839618369311711111,08633.5
Cavan157711553231127329734.4
Donegal224165203913615114755833.5
Monaghan178678391054123132.5
             
Regional Authorities 
Border74341452323288462215141,40433.6
Midland1346296404184755026961,10933.6
West2545332655292123633113171,59634.1
Dublin361449612,1631,07140724914897735,34935.2
Mid-East13445859334972141286841322,55535.0
Mid-West2345366578306118713616221,58134.4
South-East2536330576306134634320261,55934.9
South-West4485409844951691016735302,47334.8
             
Republic of Ireland1464513,8246,8163,3831,32877144124622017,62634.7
Northern Ireland1515714056291162341932.6
Britain203145631724326171081,17333.1
Elsewhere12932054316247281613121,17133.2
Table 11 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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     
Carlow22218337282.4
Dublin City2,4392,2571562692.5
South Dublin1,022908981688.8
Fingal1,05895995490.6
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown80071975689.9
Kildare82374671690.6
Kilkenny34429150384.6
Laois30326239286.5
Longford14811530377.7
Louth43039032890.7
Meath74264692487.1
Offaly2822394384.8
Westmeath36231248286.2
Wexford56350952290.4
Wicklow56750558489.1
      
Clare37932946486.8
Cork City42735962684.1
Cork County1,5841,4231501189.8
Kerry47241354587.5
Limerick City2091802986.1
Limerick County48941174484.0
Tipperary516412100479.8
Waterford City179172796.1
Waterford County24419844281.1
      
Galway City28024235386.4
Galway County646533109482.5
Leitrim1097232566.1
Mayo43536363983.4
Roscommon22817551276.8
Sligo21018423387.6
 
Cavan28124433486.8
Donegal550496411390.2
Monaghan21417933283.6
      
Regional Authorities     
Border1,3641,2291082790.1
Midland1,095973115788.9
West1,5891,4381331890.5
Dublin5,3195,0592085295.1
Mid-East2,5622,3342062291.1
Mid-West1,5931,4211601289.2
South-East1,5521,413130991.0
South-West2,4832,3411202294.3
      
Provinces     
Leinster10,1059,7692488896.7
Munster4,4994,2841793695.2
Connacht1,9081,7411412691.2
Ulster (part of)1,045944821990.3
      
Republic of Ireland17,55717,38816999.0
Northern Ireland47338385581.0
Britain1,2341,132841891.7
Elsewhere1,1251,037691992.2
Table 12 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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     
Carlow2201833783.2
Dublin City2,4602,2571782591.7
South Dublin1,018908981289.2
Fingal1,049959761491.4
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown822719901387.5
Kildare82774675690.2
Kilkenny32829135288.7
Laois31526252183.2
Longford13811521283.3
Louth440390401088.6
Meath73364679888.1
Offaly28723947183.3
Westmeath36931251684.6
Wexford56950956489.5
Wicklow55550547391.0
      
Clare37932945586.8
Cork City42935965583.7
Cork County1,5721,4231371290.5
Kerry47241356387.5
Limerick City21118030185.3
Limerick County498411771082.5
Tipperary49341273883.6
Waterford City20617231383.5
Waterford County23619836283.9
      
Galway City31324268377.3
Galway County64053398983.3
Leitrim977223274.2
Mayo41836349686.8
Roscommon22517548277.8
Sligo22118435283.3
      
Cavan29724448582.2
Donegal558496313188.9
Monaghan231179302277.5
      
Regional Authorities     
Border1,4041,2291136287.5
Midland1,1099731261087.7
West1,5961,4381382090.1
Dublin5,3495,0592266494.6
Mid-East2,5552,3341942791.4
Mid-West1,5811,4211362489.9
South-East1,5591,4131351190.6
South-West2,4732,3411122094.7
      
Provinces 
Leinster10,1309,76925410796.4
Munster4,4964,2841634995.3
Connacht1,9141,7411492491.0
Ulster (part of)1,086944845886.9
      
Republic of Ireland17,62617,38823898.6
Northern Ireland41938330691.4
Britain1,1731,132271496.5
Elsewhere1,1711,0371122288.6
Table 13 Marriages of opposite-sex couples celebrated in each county and city during 2018 classified by form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
Province, county or cityCatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianThe Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association Total
Total10,027323621,3411,0095,8611,76620,389
         
Leinster4,025179119176193,4771,03110,259
Carlow1551041128217317
Dublin City412302601131,8492112,677
South Dublin1815231433012304
Fingal1965153403449378
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown14515125281835267
Kildare3401214093275117977
Kilkenny32951281915237571
Laois2481123153625358
Longford102445151
Louth27532382213643519
Meath551122235911562241,271
Offaly2079136578300
Westmeath241637517640451
Wexford34518581524938723
Wicklow2983413571282175995
         
Munster3,1986212692301,4395365,735
Clare350150574066564
Cork City2382141144035740
Cork County90639170841602091,469
Kerry5845702218494959
Limerick City753226916365
Limerick County383415122426464
Tipperary41910242214173689
Waterford City529121255203
Waterford County19111485612282
         
Connacht1,659192871245741402,605
Galway City171213216437308
Galway County4715155825339841
Leitrim122538323173
Mayo4944121208624650
Roscommon1991153411260
Sligo20231241210526373
         
Ulster (part of)1,14563486836371591,790
Cavan274235301011530487
Donegal6462927201820415959
Monaghan22511161885214344
         
Regional Authorities        
Border1,46971499556508882,336
Midland798307372214731,260
West1,335111601044371112,059
Dublin9345561692241,9313073,626
Mid-East1,4646145482778495593,762
Mid-West1,2271592934741812,082
South-East1,072341150666641092,096
South-West1,7284611541177843383,168
Table 13A Same-Sex marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2018 classified by form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
Province, county or cityCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association The Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsTotal
TOTAL4171218937664
      
Leinster271767125443
Carlow415
Dublin City1892958231
South Dublin1348
Fingal13318
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown256114
Kildare1957435
Kilkenny132419
Laois1124
Longford
Louth353112
Meath61014333
Offaly213
Westmeath136111
Wexford1515324
Wicklow14910336
      
Munster763386123
Clare162312
Cork City355141
Cork County315422
Kerry451111
Limerick City171119
Limerick County
Tipperary81110
Waterford City66
Waterford County22
      
Connacht4376561
Galway City841114
Galway County2111326
Leitrim11
Mayo5117
Roscommon2114
Sligo7119
      
Ulster (part of)2754137
Cavan42118
Donegal20222
Monaghan3137
      
Regional Authorities     
Border3466147
Midland449118
West3664551
Dublin193401810261
Mid-East42293411116
Mid-West2683441
South-East40310356
South-West42255274
      
Table 13B Same-Sex marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2018 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
Total243713820372 174505117292
            
Leinster167453215259 104313910184
Carlow314 1   1
Dublin City1231946152 66101279
South Dublin213 1135
Fingal11 12317
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown1438 11316
Kildare1154222 83213
Kilkenny718 62311
Laois112 112
Longford 
Louth2529 1113
Meath327214 387119
Offaly1 1 22
Westmeath11 36110
Wexford914317 617
Wicklow753217 747119
            
Munster43213370 33125353
Clare3126 13116
Cork City19221 163120
Cork County39113 639
Kerry257 2114
Limerick City91111 88
Limerick County 
Tipperary3115 55
Waterford City66 
Waterford County11 11
            
Connacht1742225 2634336
Galway City4318 4116
Galway County7119 141217
Leitrim11 
Mayo22 3115
Roscommon11 213
Sligo44 3115
            
Ulster (part of)161118 1143119
Cavan44 2114
Donegal1212 8210
Monaghan112 325
            
Regional Authorities           
Border201223 1454124
Midland1124 337114
West1341220 2323331
Dublin1242686164 691410497
Mid-East231716662 191218554
Mid-West1252322 1431119
South-East2616336 142420
South-West2416141 1894233
            
Table 14 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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
Total10,027323621,3411,0095,8611,76620,389
         
Leinster4,19115488615573,38794710,105
Carlow1317105627222
Dublin City734322121649723252,439
South Dublin3371011784382921,022
Fingal36581105653731411,058
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown296182714127696800
Kildare38161794723970823
Kilkenny219611358614344
Laois1841117126910303
Longford90184414148
Louth21111351713629430
Meath38462792918656742
Offaly174516166110282
Westmeath19971732989362
Wexford2901817920722563
Wicklow19618652719962567
         
Munster2,5093311611501,3213244,499
Clare219191711122379
Cork City1703172616150427
Cork County89320161484301311,584
Kerry296121911233472
Limerick City86869217209
Limerick County3141151411728489
Tipperary3216141613326516
Waterford City731117807179
Waterford County137578510244
         
Connacht1,2291235579456741,908
Galway City1332101210122280
Galway County4143173514433646
Leitrim74312272109
Mayo31931813847435
Roscommon161710455228
Sligo12811119555210
         
Ulster (part of)72135183317206151,045
Cavan173161165628281
Donegal4021313871034550
Monaghan1466495413214
         
Regional Authorities        
Border92339204626288221,364
Midland647245864269331,095
West1,027814270374671,589
Dublin1,7326835053542,0036545,319
Mid-East1,1723142581207602172,562
Mid-West94084653453931,593
South-East8503215633520601,552
South-West1,35924199837032142,483
         
Republic of Ireland8,650234301,1108035,3701,36017,557
Northern Ireland2261721303111434473
Britain65048882621822021,234
Elsewhere5012431191131951701,125
Table 15 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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
Total10,027323621,3411,0095,8611,76620,389
         
Leinster4,23115388595643,36395210,130
Carlow12481127608220
Dublin City735332111619893312,460
South Dublin339911588378891,018
Fingal37171106613651381,049
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown3112127640271101822
Kildare37491804724472827
Kilkenny212411338213328
Laois20651614659315
Longford8275413138
Louth2181401713430440
Meath37981713318556733
Offaly182515156010287
Westmeath206911632969369
Wexford29817181120520569
Wicklow19417633018863555
         
Munster2,5013611661511,3203214,496
Clare212131811224379
Cork City17521152316053429
Cork County8792458484331301,572
Kerry2993231010928472
Limerick City90978916211
Limerick County3291161211624498
Tipperary3025151512927493
Waterford City841139909206
Waterford County131498210236
         
Connacht1,2461235279448741,914
Galway City1601121310522313
Galway County4075163414434640
Leitrim7021221197
Mayo30831613798418
Roscommon161710434225
Sligo1401199565221
         
Ulster (part of)74839253119209151,086
Cavan179201166678297
Donegal4081415781033558
Monaghan1615985394231
         
Regional Authorities
Border95842274228286211,404
Midland6761915466262311,109
West1,036914170371681,596
Dublin1,7567035083502,0036595,349
Mid-East1,1653522541277512212,555
Mid-West93365352446911,581
South-East8493026039519601,559
South-West1,35329196817022112,473
         
Republic of Ireland8,726240371,1088135,3401,36217,626
Northern Ireland1831516312911233419
Britain62045683571631991,173
Elsewhere4982331191102461721,171
Table 16 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January57045387624191566
February429277683315247781
March314343511564764301,230
April387663611695805061,493
May576588872736475751,792
June567781742569088562,308
July671121161213417787052,240
August9388911684191,0708292,758
September507875882718268662,254
October546883872116556291,787
November104954521756173681,325
December12963341423176145561,855
Total5948188001,0452,7477,7276,65820,389
Table 16A Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January1251312125
February123337322
March4341119647
April43641113344
May61681027866
June31710291464
July581058281882
August439722361192
September257311261367
October26581223662
November14111316945
December25441610748
Total2846605513024699664
         
Table 16B Marriages of opposite-sex and same-sex couples registered in 2018 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January67250397925392591
February531307986322250803
March314746551674954361,277
April427969651805935091,537
May636694952836745831,858
June568082812669378702,372
July721201261263498067232,322
August97911001754411,1068402,850
September528382912828528792,321
October567488952236786351,849
November115355531886333771,370
December13168381463336245631,903
Total6228648601,1002,8777,9736,75721,053
Table 17 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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
Total10,027323621,3411,0095,8611,76620,389
Single men and single women9,821290531,0787714,2441,53217,789
Single men and widows194229357
Widowers and single women2911440378
Widowers and widows1318224
Divorced men and single women64154112986131081,014
Single men and divorced women6884837643758734
Divorced men and widows23535146
Widowers and divorced women617654478
Divorced men and divorced women581524740055568
Other11
Table 17A Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 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 Male243713820372
Total Female174505117292
      
Single men and single men186663818308
Male civil partner and male civil partner34135
Divorced men and divorced men11
Single men and divorced men
Divorced men and single men123217
Widowers and single men415
Other men66
      
Single women and single women132464214234
Female civil partner and female civil partner2323331
Divorced women and divorced women22
Single women and divorced women142521
Divorced women and single women
Widow and single women11
Other women213
Table 18 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 classified by area of residence and previous civil status of groom
Area of residence of groomSingle menWidowersDivorceesOtherTotal
Total18,5811801,62820,389
      
Leinster9,1689983810,105
Carlow200319222
Dublin City2,249171732,439
South Dublin91410981,022
Fingal944111031,058
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown739655800
Kildare751666823
Kilkenny319520344
Laois270330303
Longford135112148
Louth388537430
Meath667966742
Offaly261219282
Westmeath330329362
Wexford496859563
Wicklow5051052567
  
Munster4,081383804,499
Clare341236379
Cork City391333427
Cork County1,438141321,584
Kerry430537472
Limerick City191117209
Limerick County444540489
Tipperary469542516
Waterford City164114179
Waterford County213229244
      
Connacht1,761131341,908
Galway City259318280
Galway County599443646
Leitrim1027109
Mayo397335435
Roscommon212214228
Sligo192117210
      
Ulster (part of)98310521,045
Cavan255620281
Donegal523324550
Monaghan20518214
      
Regional Authorities     
Border1,27711761,364
Midland9969901,095
West1,467121101,589
Dublin4,846444295,319
Mid-East2,311302212,562
Mid-West1,445131351,593
South-East1,392191411,552
South-West2,259222022,483
      
Republic of Ireland15,9931601,40417,557
Northern Ireland421646473
Britain1,13111921,234
Elsewhere1,0363861,125
Table 19 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 classified by area of residence and previous civil status of bride
Area of residence of brideSingle womenWidowsDivorceesOtherTotal
Total18,8811271,380120,389
     
Leinster9,35861710110,130
Carlow20317220
Dublin City2,2931015612,460
South Dublin9256871,018
Fingal9735711,049
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown773346822
Kildare761561827
Kilkenny306220328
Laois298215315
Longford127110138
Louth401336440
Meath664663733
Offaly27215287
Westmeath335529369
Wexford524639569
Wicklow503745555
      
Munster4,151253204,496
Clare337339379
Cork City387537429
Cork County1,45681081,572
Kerry439231472
Limerick City193117211
Limerick County470226498
Tipperary463327493
Waterford City189116206
Waterford County21719236
      
Connacht1,783201111,914
Galway City291418313
Galway County5911039640
Leitrim92597
Mayo389326418
Roscommon211212225
Sligo209111221
      
ULSTER (part of)1,01111641,086
Cavan274320297
Donegal521532558
Monaghan216312231
      
Regional Authorities     
Border1,31212801,404
Midland1,0328691,109
West1,48219951,596
Dublin4,9642436015,349
Mid-East2,329212052,555
Mid-West1,46391091,581
South-East1,43991111,559
South-West2,282151762,473
      
Republic of Ireland16,3031171,205117,626
Northern Ireland386132419
Britain1,1175511,173
Elsewhere1,0754921,171
Table 20 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 classified by age of groom and bride in single years; all marriages
Age ofAge of bride
groom16 & under17181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950-5455-5960-6465 & overAll ages
All ages82868434455901202063245268711,2521,6421,8991,8661,7261,4081,1631,06487672459651340835526723817919918715214815048027113410920,389
16 & under22
1713116
18251833233
193818732142
206151151521147
213356152211130
221539796323149
2312457148126433311175
242121012112217369542221111114
2513469172329321586742132111175
262451328585648262015106141111300
2713161114334499132774127201998342554
28117818447315019611463472021176661211803
29221131426671282192701651036027151812634321,160
30112810323610316129333122694583530131351421111,462
3112772032901522213663341929054632319158531111,707
32221914314213318724926027716810174371620781121111,654
331111810303872137189247248230126704133161281024221,539
34112515375610715217223319217210261512520106444311,436
35211015456979130161154146122866636251014444112111,189
3612143111430457299116122109123996234252515534121111,030
37113121122355057809781102926467311920114461211866
38125391420465962576684927253473122169375211789
39111273721272249486470576272623025131441073313689
401245142016253549505755503828251417121373215548
411145567919292435385343383333162077234152450
421144810161518193238262445342427151591026311408
431629371071721262628323128282599974211358
441121114910151314151815202414222114111284491284
451143277121116211519221422161713791035257
4611114282129111117191312158141714774931223
471122134435977171610171591312987235210
4811148491298813101815111211194178
492112214431077961014141010121581423511196
50-5412143681114172112262813122133373239521473888594
55-591211115675868129131723272912384215415
60-6412111134235235864952704120244
65 & over21234213528639596274273
Table 21 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 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 ages82868434455891192013235128511,2281,6111,8611,8141,6661,3351,0839907856074854032992561831551061048769506013450131417,789
16 & under22
1713116
18251833233
193818732142
206151151521147
213356152211130
221539796323149
2312457147126433311174
242121012112217369441221111112
2513468172329321586731132111172
2624513285856472619159614111296
2713161114334398131774127191998342550
281178174472150196114634520211555611792
29221131326661252192661621006026141711623211,137
301128103236103160292330222945834261110414211,442
31127720328715122036233119188536020181263211,674
3222191431421331852452602741649972351517568211,622
33111161028387213618724624622312469382914116713211,501
34112513365410214916822618917198584223207523331,381
352191441687812515615013912081623221711113111,124
3612143914264372961121151061169159292319114212111964
37113121119334752768875978856592415178223111783
3812538131943586051638089674841271611425211720
391112726202322444252655554655326231311286222610
401244141916233244435345413325221315111051113481
41113455681527203434463629282615186312213379
4211426913111615303223193928211814865242329
431317259516192217232424232218664314265
44112114788610101313131812141513463122188
4541246771215131516916131065552173
46111132518599101511610599835121141
471122414733810710767874471114
4811123267557761255741096
49123244522386655927682
50-541211435758861164714151811256292235
55-59111323254331018273288
60-641111111111763228
65 & over111367827
Table 22 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 classified by age and previous civil status of groom
AgeSingle MenWidowersDivorceesOtherTotal
Total18,5811801,62820,389
Age of groom     
Under 208383
20-243141315
25-292,98572,992
30-347,744547,798
35-394,37741824,563
40-441,789112482,048
45-49743242971,064
50-5430619269594
55-5913028257415
60 and over11094313517
Average age of groom34.960.551.036.4
Table 23 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 classified by age and previous civil status of bride
AgeSingle womenWidowsDivorceesOtherTotal
Total18,8811271,380120,389
Age of bride     
Under 20147147
20-245141515
25-294,5841304,615
30-347,943311518,062
35-393,536102273,773
40-441,190132441,447
45-4955521260836
50-5424818214480
55-599619156271
60 and over6842133243
Average age of bride33.455.246.931.134.4
Table 23A Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 classified by previous civil status and average age of partners
TotalSingleCivil PartnersWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerSurviving Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
1,3281,1371321498139.5
        
Table 23B Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 classified by previous civil status and average age of male partners
TotalSingleCivil PartnersWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerSurviving Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
744644700245140.1
        
Table 23C Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 classified by previous civil status and average age of female partners
TotalSingleCivil PartnersWidowsDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerSurviving Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
58449362125338.7
        
Table 24 Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2018 classified by future area of residence of partners
Area of residence of partnersAll Same-Sex MarriagesMale Same-Sex MarriagesFemale Same-Sex Marriages
Total664292372
    
Leinster411178233
Carlow523
Dublin City18368115
South Dublin312110
Fingal491732
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown331419
Kildare261016
Kilkenny954
Laois624
Longford11
Louth1073
Meath14104
Offaly22
Westmeath743
Wexford17512
Wicklow18117
    
Munster1074562
Clare734
Cork City19514
Cork County402218
Kerry321
Limerick City835
Limerick County936
Tipperary1147
Waterford City514
Waterford County523
    
Connacht392712
Galway City15114
Galway County1275
Leitrim
Mayo761
Roscommon22
Sligo312
    
Ulster (part of)725
Cavan312
Donegal413
Monaghan
    
Regional Authorities   
Border1037
Midland1688
West362610
Dublin296120176
Mid-East683830
Mid-West351322
South-East411526
South-West622933
  
Republic of Ireland564252312
Northern Ireland231211
Outside the State772849
Table 25 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2018 classified by nationality of bride and of groom
Nationality of GroomNationality of Bride Number % of all marriages
Total20,389100
IrelandIreland15,37775.4
IrelandUnited Kingdom5782.8
IrelandEU15 excl Irl and UK2491.2
IrelandEU16 to EU282801.4
IrelandOther6963.4
IrelandNot stated10.0
United KingdomIreland1,0365.1
EU15 excl Irl and UKIreland1680.8
EU16 to EU28Ireland960.5
OtherIreland3671.8
Not statedIreland00.0
United KingdomUnited Kingdom3561.7
EU15 excl Irl and UKEU15 excl Irl and UK920.5
EU16 to EU28EU16 to EU283461.7
OtherOther3501.7
RemainderRemainder3971.9

Background Notes

Source

These statistics have been compiled from the marriage registration forms of all marriages registered in the Republic of Ireland in 2018.

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

Methodology

Where the weekday and month of a marriage are specified in this release, it refers to the date on which the marriage occurred. Note that some marriages registered in 2018 (and hence included in these statistics) occurred in years before 2018.

Form of Ceremony

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

 

Standard Occupation Codes (SOC2010)

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

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

 

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

Area of residence

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

Age specific marriage rates

The age specific marriage rates are calculated as follows:

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

Marriages per 1,000 population

This is calculated for each year as follows:

Marriages per 1,000 population = Number of Marriages registered multiplied by 1,000 and divided by population.   The 2018 usual residence population is 4,857,015.

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.

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.

New NUTS2 and NUTS3 regional Authority areas - January 2018

From 1st January 2018 an Amendment of the EU NUTS legislation came into effect. This reflects the new regional assembly structure and the other changes to the Local Government Act for Tipperary North, Tipperary South,  Limerick City and County, Waterford City and County. The composition of the new Regions breakdown is outlined below.

 Northern and Western regions   Eastern and Midland regions
Border Cavan    Dublin Dublin City   
  Donegal     Dún Laoghlaire-Rathdown  
  Leitrim     Fingal  
  Monaghan     South Dublin  
  Sligo    Mid-East  Kildare  
        Louth  
 West  Galway City     Meath  
   Galway County     Wicklow  
   Mayo   Midland  Laois  
   Roscommon     Longford  
        Offaly
         Westmeath  
   Southern Regions
 South-East Carlow    Mid-West Clare  
  Kilkenny      Tipperary  
  Waterford City and County     Limerick City and 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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