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Marriages

2019

 20192018
Opposite-Sex Marriages19,67320,389
Same-Sex Marriages640664
All Marriages rate per 1,000 population4.14.3
Average Age of Groom (Opposite-Sex Marriage)36.836.4
Average Age of Bride (Opposite-Sex Marriage)34.834.4
Average Age of Male (Same-Sex Marriage)39.840.1
Average Age of Female (Same-Sex Marriage)39.338.7

There were 20,313 marriages in 2019 including 640 same-sex marriages

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There were 640 same-sex marriages in 2019, of which 353 were male unions and 287 were female unions. See release Infographic

The average age of couples in same-sex marriages in 2019 was 39.6 years.  The average age of male partners in same-sex marriages was 39.8 and the average age of female partners was lower at 39.3.  See tables 23A, 23B and 23C.

There were 19,673 opposite-sex marriages in 2019.  The average age of grooms was 36.8 years, 0.4 years more than the average age of grooms in 2018.  In the past 50 years, the average age of grooms decreased from 28.1 years in 1969 to 26.5 years, 10 years later, in 1979 and increased to a high of 36.8 years in 2019.  A similar trend is evident for brides with the average age decreasing from 25.3 in 1969 to 24.3 in 1979 and increasing to a high of 34.8 in 2019.  See tables 1 and 3.

The number of all marriages (opposite-sex and same-sex) registered in 2019 was 20,313 which equates to a crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of 4.1 per 1,000 population, 0.2 less than the 2018 rate.  This is 740 fewer marriages than in 2018 when 21,053 marriages took place.  Same-sex marriages accounted for 3.2% of all marriages in 2019.  See table 1.

 

In 2019, religious ceremonies accounted for 59.0% of all marriages.   There were 8,863 (43.6%) Catholic marriage ceremonies, 289 (1.4%) Church of Ireland ceremonies, The Spiritualist Union of Ireland performed 1,618 (8.0%) ceremonies and 1,220 (6.0%) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.   The majority of non-religious ceremonies were civil marriages which accounted for 31.6% (6,410) of all marriages; the remaining 1,913 (9.4%) couples had Humanist ceremonies. See tables 1, 3, 3A, 17, 17A and figure 2.

X-axis label%
Roman
Catholic
43.6
Civil
Marriages
31.6
Humanist
Association
9.4
Spiritualist
Union
8
Church
of Ireland
1.4
Other
Religious
6
60%
Percentage of opposite-sex couples opting for religious ceremonies (60.2%)

In 2019, religious ceremonies accounted for the highest proportion of opposite-sex marriages (60.2%).   There were 8,863 (45.1%) Catholic marriage ceremonies, 289 (1.5%) Church of Ireland ceremonies, 53 (0.3%) Presbyterian ceremonies while The Spiritualist Union of Ireland performed 1,512 (7.7%) marriage ceremonies in 2019.  The remaining 1,131 (5.7%) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.  Civil marriage ceremonies were the most popular choice for non-religious marriage ceremonies accounting for 6,012 (30.6%) of all opposite-sex marriages.  In recent years the Humanist Association has also risen in popularity with 1,813 (9.2%) such marriages in 2019 compared to 1,766 (8.7%) in 2018.  See tables 1, 3 and 17, and figure 2.

62%
Percentage of same-sex couples having civil ceremonies in 2019 (62.2%)

The most popular form of ceremony for same-sex marriage celebrations was civil marriage ceremonies, which accounted for 398 marriages (62.2%) followed by The Spiritualist Union of Ireland with 106 or 16.6% of ceremonies. The Humanist Association of Ireland accounted for 100 or 15.6% of ceremonies and the remaining 36 of same-sex couples (i.e. 5.6%) had ceremonies with other religious denominations.  One-third of all same-sex marriage ceremonies took place in the Dublin City area (33.6%), followed by both Meath and Wicklow. accounting for 11.9% of same-sex ceremonies.  See Tables 1, 3A, 3B, 13A, 13B and 17A.

August
The most popular month for all marriages in 2019

August was the most popular month for opposite-sex marriages in 2019

August was the most popular month for opposite-sex marriages, similar to 2018.  In 2019, 14.2% (or 2,792) of marriages occurred in August.  Over a quarter (25.5%) 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 537 (2.7%) of opposite-sex marriages occurring during that month. 

Friday and Saturday were the most popular days of the week to get married with 13,783 or 70.1% of opposite-sex marriages occurring on those days.  The least popular day was Sunday when 512 (2.6%) couples wed.  See table 16.

Friday 26th July was the most popular date for opposite-sex marriages in 2019 with 234 (1.2%) marriages taking place on that day.  This was followed by Saturday 3rd August, when 226 (1.1%) marriages occurred.  See table 16.

August was the most popular month for same-sex marriages in 2019

The most popular month for same-sex marriages in 2019 was August with 88 (13.8%) marriages.  

Friday was the most popular day for same-sex marriages with over one-third (220) or 34.4% of all same-sex marriages celebrated on that day.  See table 16A.

Friday 6th of December was the most popular date for same-sex marriages in 2019 with 9 (1.4%) marriages occurring on this day. 

EU marriage rate

In 2018 (most recent available data) Cyprus had the highest crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of the EU 28 Member States with a rate of 7.8 per 1,000 population.  Luxembourg had the lowest rates, with 3.1 marriages per 1,000 population.  In comparison, in 2018 Ireland had a marriage rate of 4.3 per thousand population and was ranked 18th along with Finland.  (The latest available data for Belgium, France and Germany was 2017 and 2016 was the most recent data available for The United Kingdom). See figure 3.

EU-28Marriage rate
Cyprus7.8
Romania7.4
Lithuania7
Latvia6.8
Malta5.8
Slovakia5.7
Denmark5.6
Austria5.3
Hungary5.2
Czech Republic5.1
Poland5.1
Estonia5
Sweden5
Croatia4.9
Germany (2017)4.9
Greece4.4
United Kingdom (2016)4.4
Finland4.3
Ireland (2018)4.3
Bulgaria4.1
Ireland (2019)4.1
Belgium (2017)3.9
Netherlands3.7
France (2017)3.5
Slovenia3.5
Spain3.5
Portugal3.4
Italy3.2
Luxembourg3.1

Groom older than bride in 62.6% of opposite-sex marriages

The average age of grooms and brides in 2019 was 36.8 years and 34.8 years respectively.  The average age of grooms marrying for the first time was 35.2 years and for brides the average age was 33.6 years.   See tables 22 and 23.

The groom was older than the bride in 62.6% of marriages in 2019.  See tables 7 and 8.

In 2019, 2.0% of grooms were under the age of 25 and 46.7% of grooms were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  For brides, 3.4% were under the age of 25 and 35.9% 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 2019, at 34.9 and 32.5 years respectively.  At the other end of the scale, Sligo had the highest average age for grooms at 38.8 years while Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown had the highest average age for brides at 35.7 years.  See tables 9 and 10.

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

In 2019, 86.9% (17,090) of opposite-sex marriages were the first marriage for both the groom and bride.  The breakdown between grooms and brides was 17,871 (90.8%) grooms and 18,160 (92.3%) brides marrying for the first time.  See tables 18, 19, 22 and 23.

There were 2,428 opposite-sex marriages involving at least one divorced person in 2019, including 562 marriages where both parties were divorced.  See table 17.

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

Of the 1,280 individual same-sex partners in 2019, the majority - 1,120 or 87.5% were previously single, 92 (7.2%) were previous civil partners, while 51 (4.0%) were divorced, 14 (1.1%) were former civil partners and there were 2 surviving civil partners.  See tables 23A, 23B and 23C.

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

Marriages where both the bride and groom were residing in Ireland before marriage accounted for 85.3% (16,772) of marriages.  In 2019, 2,482 (12.6%) 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 13.2% (2,606) of marriages in 2019.  This compares to 2,734 (13.4%) in 2018.  See table 1.

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

In 2019, 24.2% (4,762) of all marriages involved the bride and groom being of the same socio-economic group.

Over half (57.8%) of grooms and more than two-fifths (42.5%) 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 36.0% of brides doing so.  See table 6 and background notes. 

Divorces granted in 2018

For the numbers of divorces and judicial separations granted in 2018 (the most recent data available) see attached link:  (Courts Service Annual Report 2018).  The section on Family Law contains this information.

Population

The estimated population (usual residence) in April 2019 was 4,921,496

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 2014-2019
 Opposite-sex marriages Same-sex marriages All marriages
 201420152016201720182019 20182019 20182019
State22,04522,02521,57021,26220,38919,673 664640 21,05320,313
3Marriage rate per 1,000 population4.74.74.64.44.24.0 0.10.1 4.34.1
Average age of party 1135.035.335.736.136.436.8 42.242.3 36.637.0
Average age of party 2233.033.233.834.134.434.8 36.836.9 34.535
Percentage of marriages by      
age of party 11%%%%%% %% %%
  Under 200.40.40.60.50.40.4 0.00.0 0.40.4
  20-242.32.41.81.71.51.6 0.50.9 1.51.6
  25-2919.718.516.215.914.713.7 7.87.2 14.513.5
  30-3440.539.739.638.738.237.6 18.720.0 37.637.0
  35-3919.720.622.321.922.422.5 27.121.4 22.522.4
  40 and over17.318.419.521.422.724.2 45.950.5 23.525.0
Percentage of marriages by       
age of party 22%%%%%% %% %%
  Under 201.11.10.80.70.70.8 0.00.0 0.70.8
  20-244.44.02.82.72.52.6 4.23.4 2.62.7
  25-2928.727.225.324.022.621.4 20.620.0 22.621.4
  30-3439.540.440.840.739.539.3 27.927.7 39.238.9
  35-3914.815.117.017.218.518.3 17.919.8 18.518.4
  40 and over11.512.213.314.616.117.5 29.429.1 16.517.9
Form of ceremony      
  Roman Catholic13,07212,48612,14011,21910,0278,863  10,0278,863
  Church of Ireland445393372379323289  323289
  Presbyterian817369646253  6253
  Methodist272627312215  2215
  Jewish11  
  Spiritualist Union of Ireland8198229651,0831,3411,512 89106 1,4301,618
  Other religious5388049729809871,116 3736 1,0461,152
  Civil marriages6,1676,1565,5885,8905,8616,012 417398 6,2786,410
  Humanist Association8951,2641,4371,6161,7661,813 121100 1,8871,913
Country of future residence      
Outside Republic of Ireland2,6682,8452,9332,8382,7342,606 10093 2,8342,699
  Northern Ireland432421477489449415 2326 472441
  England and Wales1,0581,1171,1751,1461,1061,070 3024 1,1361,094
  Scotland749799898764 28 8972
  Europe EU 28 (excluding Ireland and UK)122108119 128 120127
  Europe remainder24148 55 1913
  Europe (excluding Ireland and UK)157150155  
  U.S.A192214227254275308 610 281318
  Elsewhere755846797714695622 2212 717634
  Not stated13  
Percentage of marriages with %%%%%% %% %%
country of residence outside      
Republic of Ireland12.112.913.613.313.413.2 15.114.5 13.513.3
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, 2018 and 2019
 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
 2018201920182019 2018201920182019 2018201920182019
All ages, 16-4916.215.816.916.0 0.50.50.40.4 16.416.317.316.4
16-190.50.61.21.2 0.00.00.00.0 0.50.61.11.2
201.51.41.41.50.00.00.00.01.51.41.41.5
211.01.41.91.90.10.00.00.01.01.41.81.9
221.71.73.23.10.10.20.10.11.71.93.13.2
232.72.24.45.00.10.10.10.12.72.34.35.0
244.14.07.66.70.30.20.20.34.14.27.46.9
20-242.12.13.63.5 0.10.10.10.1 2.12.23.53.6
256.36.412.010.80.30.50.20.36.36.911.611.0
2610.79.818.616.80.70.50.20.510.910.318.817.3
2718.616.729.826.80.70.70.50.618.817.529.427.3
2828.123.842.738.31.50.70.70.628.524.644.038.9
2937.535.651.551.40.70.70.80.937.836.353.452.3
25-2920.618.631.629.3 0.80.60.50.6 20.819.231.929.8
3050.145.560.153.50.91.40.91.250.546.965.354.7
3155.852.755.958.31.31.21.01.056.253.961.459.3
3249.949.948.046.80.90.80.91.050.350.752.447.8
3346.144.339.138.20.91.00.80.646.445.342.638.8
3441.339.830.731.90.80.70.90.541.740.433.932.4
30-3448.446.246.145.2 0.91.00.90.8 48.847.350.446.1
3532.832.326.625.91.10.91.10.733.433.129.926.6
3627.328.621.620.50.80.70.80.727.829.323.821.2
3721.622.617.317.50.80.90.60.422.023.418.617.9
3819.218.414.013.10.60.60.40.519.519.014.713.6
3918.215.212.811.90.70.70.60.718.715.814.012.6
35-3923.623.018.417.6 0.80.70.70.6 24.123.820.018.2
4014.713.410.711.40.50.70.40.414.914.111.111.8
4112.313.29.58.90.40.70.30.512.513.89.99.3
4211.010.27.17.40.70.50.40.411.410.67.47.8
439.99.06.45.80.50.60.40.210.29.66.86.1
447.97.94.96.20.50.40.40.28.18.25.26.5
40-4411.210.77.78.0 0.50.60.40.3 11.411.38.18.3
457.27.15.55.20.50.60.20.37.57.75.75.6
466.57.65.35.60.40.50.20.36.88.15.65.9
476.05.64.44.10.20.50.20.46.26.14.54.5
485.35.54.44.10.40.30.20.35.75.94.54.4
496.26.04.84.14.40.33.00.26.46.34.84.2
45-496.36.44.94.6 1.20.50.70.3 6.56.85.04.9
Table 3 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified according to age of groom/age of bride and form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
AgeCatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianThe Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist AssociationTotal
Age of groom        
Under 20774182
20-24133339351258316
25-291,33956182041567312012,705
30-344,162111175403431,4747437,390
35-391,9886053372661,2964684,420
40-447111731861217981772,013
45-4926512311684543891,112
50-54107112605333158622
55-594251383126943429
60 and over39141223844426584
Total8,863289531,5121,1316,0121,81319,673
Age of bride        
Under 20123624153
20-2417067225723916517
25-292,21586163022201,0373384,214
30-344,263116205653551,6108057,734
35-391,4393543122471,1923753,604
40-444171721571077091291,538
45-4914571925045271818
50-545372394929638484
55-59154162723124317
60 and over2311171322217294
Total8,863289531,5121,1316,0121,81319,673
         
Average age of groom34.336.634.337.237.540.236.636.8
Average age of bride32.634.432.035.235.437.734.934.8
Table 3A Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 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
20-244116
25-29354746
30-347431176128
35-398624198137
40-445019297105
45-4949815577
50-543469251
55-592056334
60 and over4623556
Total39810010636640
Age of younger party     
Under 20
20-24192122
25-298121224128
30-3410636278177
35-3971242210127
40-4431919665
45-493768455
50-542513130
55-591513221
60 and over131115
Total39810010636640
Average age of older party42.839.642.045.042.3
Average age of younger party37.234.636.739.436.9
Table 3B Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 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 
20-24213 213
25-29163221 191525
30-344588364 29239364
35-3950109372 361410565
40-44261419362 24510443
45-493368451 1627126
50-542043128 1426123
55-591433121 623213
60 and over2421431 222125
Total230505419353 168505217287
Age of younger party           
Under 20 
20-24101112 9110
25-295099371 311213157
30-34671414398 392213579
35-39361513569 3599558
40-4420711442 1128223
45-491943228 1825227
50-5414216 1111114
55-5981110 712111
60 and over617 718
Total230505419353 168505217287
Average age of older party43.042.542.046.543.0 42.636.841.943.441.5
Average age of younger party36.635.436.439.936.6 38.133.837.138.837.2
Table 4 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by occupational group and age of groom
 Age of groomAverage age of groom
Occupational group of groomUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overAll ages
Administrative and Secretarial occupations998308200794112161577836.3
Associate professional and Technical occupations4234381,1717422881627756803,04136.5
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations7719584574032201442039.0
Elementary occupations7492514743272001175945401,56937.1
Managers, Directors and Senior officials4112126704622551669155802,00638.5
Process, Plant and Machine operatives3111413312531681018254611,20539.6
Professional occupations347172,3621,11740017710261905,06035.4
Sales and Customer service occupations2211042471225222137859834.8
Skilled trades occupations10635601,5791,031464253129911224,30236.9
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown528811315382503325247469436.9
Total823162,7057,3904,4202,0131,11262242958419,67336.8
Table 5 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by occupational group and age of bride
 Age of brideAverage age of bride
Occupational group of brideUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overAll ages
Administrative and Secretarial occupations1354198175562391309063442,39436.5
Associate professional and Technical occupations7475121,066470206994632322,51734.7
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations7876138244211851207347272,40434.6
Elementary occupations848140164130804328271768536.2
Managers, Directors and Senior officials217275547295136704623201,43135.6
Process, Plant and Machine operatives425461710654712436.8
Professional occupations391,5693,3671,1563961729442496,88433.8
Sales and Customer service occupations44726038517884572723161,08134.7
Skilled trades occupations11347896144211481030837.2
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown1231803544293201581006148721,84534.8
Total1535174,2147,7343,6041,53881848431729419,67334.8
Table 6 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 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 occupations176101691352628041535778
Associate professional and Technical occupations39458528752241121,069157432013,041
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations4937102182819923459420
Elementary occupations19013630317610415229137292501,569
Managers, Directors and Senior officials2452861914630212647106271442,006
Process, Plant and Machine operatives16992236846724213107341791,205
Professional occupations41670230447290172,925125391955,060
Sales and Customer service occupations9281722253113074667598
Skilled trades occupations621443775197263321,1602721114284,302
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown425465303141323910287694
Total2,3942,5172,4046851,4311246,8841,0813081,84519,673
Table 6A Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 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 occupations14833511543157
Associate professional and Technical occupations82010313137438107
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations411123611133458
Elementary occupations31744321126
Managers, Directors and Senior officials72184172735395
Process, Plant and Machine operatives232111212
Professional occupations1629841917710517186
Sales and Customer service occupations2543154125
Skilled trades occupations23117174531
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown1621621213943
Total591045828798195332749640
            
Table 7 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 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 ages1407253,7232,7668,0983,1051,11619,673
16
1711
181618337
196122644
Under 2023302982
2012972544
21141222645
225517518151
233718527464
24493619404112
20-24142792381369316
254156037617184
2661990688312278
2792917411514013480
28644212177262213725
298542982773742611,038
25-29331618346749207942,705
305584013245885121,429
3112563523527256741,568
3244831424883210541,555
3374529318479615771,489
3434623417870317871,349
30-34312531,5941,2863,644558247,390
3573517112558220781,135
36632183109451246231,050
3742612210037221919862
384191206430220629744
3916915025118932629
35-39211286874481,9581,0671114,420
40421583819015548514
41519422917918142497
4213502612012740376
43114372811110343337
44252925978843289
40-4412722161466976542162,013
45462320757948255
463122620768549271
47452212585932192
48181912505054194
49332310565451200
45-491534113743153272341,112
50-548266732172158159622
55-59416442312212298429
60-6453266456103266
65-6912116244685175
70-7411719194482
75 and over328103861
Table 8 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 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 ages1,1163,1058,0982,7663,72372514019,673
1622
1713711
185114718182
19482712758
Under 20102283308153
2047197845
211018192958
22522485989
23163172516140
242151831911185
20-24561292413853517
25197213937311299
2635922296842466
2738177377115614772
285019861617710031,144
2951243781277170111,533
25-291937822,142674404194,214
3050246852324250811,731
3152229883352341121,869
32582057032483472121,584
33352085581843733121,391
34621704311782753941,159
30-342571,0583,4271,2861,58611197,734
3551143360125256562993
3650105301109207544830
3741100221100204474717
38318416964154465553
39327815550139534511
35-392055101,206448960256193,604
403473131381294312460
4131621052975365343
422144842656427280
431636632854204221
442534712550236234
40-44127249454146364164341,538
451834552037236193
4622386320311811203
47193248122183143
482819471219135143
491925341028155136
45-49106148247741367730818
50-54779514432873712484
55-5945548623613414317
60-642937386281413165
65-691015186197580
70-741581115132
75 and over14261317
Table 8A Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 classified by older partner's age and younger partner's relative age
All partners Younger partner
AgeTotalUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
Older partner640221281771276555302115
Under 20
20-2466
25-29461234
30-3412836263
35-39137196454
40-4410518274722
45-4977316192316
50-545123610273
55-5934236158
60 and over562176121315
Table 8B Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 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 ages35312719869422816107
Under 20
20-2433
25-2921615
30-346423428
35-3972113526
40-446216142813
45-495131510158
50-54282245132
55-592123394
60 and over312164567
Table 8C Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 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 ages28710577958232714118
Under 20
20-2433
25-2925619
30-346412835
35-396582928
40-4443213199
45-49261988
50-5423125141
55-5913364
60 and over2512778
Table 8D Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 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 Marriages640426.632250.317026.610616.6
Male Same-sex Marriages353215.915744.59928.07621.5
Female Same-sex Marriages 287217.316557.57124.73010.5
Table 9 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by age and area of residence of groom before marriage
 Age of groomAverage age of groom
Area of residence of groomUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overTotal
Total823162,7057,3904,4202,0131,11262242958419,67336.8
             
Leinster381781,3173,5292,2171,0785643612333179,83237.1
Carlow19345654301493721737.1
Dublin City2543078685232421399153722,35137.0
South Dublin3161153612451155524172297336.7
Fingal216126386266106743420371,06737.3
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown18111308177784223183379937.1
Kildare214114315194973828172083936.7
Kilkenny15501347440191212635336.7
Laois262810366279861026536.9
Longford421951269484313036.5
Louth2721528549252292143737.7
Meath111107225155943328273171237.8
Offaly2431114463321951227737.5
Westmeath4847115762920169733136.6
Wexford81383176110583921212255137.6
Wicklow51073165120713228121453037.5
             
Munster18575351,5891,022482272128931394,33537.1
Clare23331287950321271335938.0
Cork City5747136101312011111238136.8
Cork County110198599366161843833471,53736.9
Kerry474616111564291471946637.6
Limerick City330494024835216436.5
Limerick County2136219711151291061849936.6
Tipperary4860194121613626151554037.5
Waterford City421593720896717137.9
Waterford County2386652202653621837.0
             
Connacht13282227064161891044945631,83536.9
Galway City6113911266341944730235.6
Galway County3872216138554620171759237.4
Leitrim1111392115525610638.3
Mayo35581899948191071745536.6
Roscommon326804415973319036.0
Sligo167048226691319038.8
             
Ulster (part of)212180364199845318172495335.9
Cavan3419566281593626636.4
Donegal251021749333289121447236.0
Monaghan437954023102421534.9
             
Regional Authorities            
Border313207473268121642631431,24936.5
Midland122012538321498544124321,00336.9
West1227195597347152934131441,53936.6
Dublin8946591,9231,2115413101721081645,19037.0
Mid-East83736685755431112810665862,51837.3
Mid-West8271855683511861055133481,56237.2
South-East10332264913271681065645481,51037.3
South-West10242918965822561336351782,38437.0
             
Republic of Ireland712752,2546,1883,8541,83399355638854316,95537.0
Northern Ireland76971689029211161044535.1
Britain41718454322290552712151,16935.1
Elsewhere1817049125461432823161,10435.3
Table 10 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by age and area of residence of bride before marriage
 Age of brideAverage age of bride
Area of residence of brideUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overTotal
Total1535174,2147,7343,6041,53881848431729419,67334.8
             
Leinster872641,9493,7671,8478804502831741609,86135.2
Carlow5753615418564121434.2
Dublin City16704319274282281036736432,34935.3
South Dublin123520236321284353317141,00734.9
Fingal73017544721290533017161,07735.3
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown49126345153703522101979335.7
Kildare42017534115471262716884234.8
Kilkenny167414659272373435034.8
Laois39509849201171525334.7
Longford4429431517532312534.8
Louth271221428234201812544435.2
Meath417147267132604818201372635.6
Offaly48589651261324726934.9
Westmeath3147811157231996432434.7
Wexford141612118487503218151455135.5
Wicklow41210819610262221611453735.2
             
Munster281118981,6798593671579271824,34435.0
Clare31182134602415115835334.9
Cork City41184153843116751140635.1
Cork County224317620306127442526241,51534.9
Kerry41191174924522641045935.2
Limerick City538643916633217634.7
Limerick County42597198984115971250634.7
Tipperary814992079847252012553535.0
Waterford City3642553412763617435.2
Waterford County448744824756422035.6
             
Connacht2446374721353125944129251,83234.7
Galway City7136710476251181331534.0
Galway County81310824311046381810559935.0
Leitrim132542195642311035.0
Mayo3810218570282378844234.6
Roscommon44377836973318133.7
Sligo1535694212918318535.4
             
Ulster (part of)72129835116555391414797133.6
Cavan54689659161344227133.9
Donegal112158171752921108448933.8
Monaghan157284311052121132.5
             
Regional Authorities 
Border92935846222672541924131,26633.9
Midland1435215348172864821131997134.8
West2238314610292108793619191,53734.5
Dublin391449342,0821,00547222615280925,22635.3
Mid-East14565529464702271167959302,54935.2
Mid-West1555316603295128614327271,57034.9
South-East2339338520282131744231291,50935.1
South-West1046492947482203823835452,38035.0
             
Republic of Ireland1464423,5196,5183,2241,42774043028827417,00835.0
Northern Ireland14111135572414114737734.1
Britain520279549172452916751,12733.1
Elsewhere2413055321514235271881,16133.4
Table 11 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 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     
Carlow21718230583.9
Dublin City2,3512,1431852391.2
South Dublin97389078591.5
Fingal1,06796398690.3
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown799704831288.1
Kildare83976573191.2
Kilkenny35329951384.7
Laois26522438384.5
Longford1309633173.8
Louth43739335989.9
Meath71263276488.8
Offaly27722848182.3
Westmeath33127651483.4
Wexford55150642391.8
Wicklow53048146390.8
      
Clare35930849285.8
Cork City38132750485.8
Cork County1,5371,3861321990.2
Kerry46641349488.6
Limerick City16414023185.4
Limerick County49942670385.4
Tipperary54045977485.0
Waterford City17115019287.7
Waterford County21818037182.6
  
Galway City30225540784.4
Galway County592487931282.3
Leitrim1067827173.6
Mayo45539455686.6
Roscommon19014542376.3
Sligo19015531481.6
  
Cavan26622934386.1
Donegal472430271591.1
Monaghan21517531981.4
      
Regional Authorities     
Border1,2491,1071103288.6
Midland1,003853141985.0
West1,5391,3861252890.1
Dublin5,1904,9242204694.9
Mid-East2,5182,3071941791.6
Mid-West1,5621,4181341090.8
South-East1,5101,3901061492.1
South-West2,3842,2541032794.5
      
Provinces     
Leinster9,8329,5172328396.8
Munster4,3354,1511444095.8
Connacht1,8351,6611413390.5
Ulster (part of)953851752789.3
      
Republic of Ireland16,95516,77218398.9
Northern Ireland44533999776.2
Britain1,1691,077672592.1
Elsewhere1,1041,017701792.1
Table 12 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 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     
Carlow21418231185.0
Dublin City2,3492,1431763091.2
South Dublin1,007890110788.4
Fingal1,077963105989.4
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown793704771288.8
Kildare84276571690.9
Kilkenny35029949285.4
Laois25322426388.5
Longford1259627276.8
Louth444393391288.5
Meath72663288687.1
Offaly26922839284.8
Westmeath32427646285.2
Wexford55150640591.8
Wicklow53748150689.6
      
Clare35330840587.3
Cork City40632775480.5
Cork County1,5151,3861171291.5
Kerry45941344290.0
Limerick City17614034279.5
Limerick County50642676484.2
Tipperary53545973385.8
Waterford City17415022286.2
Waterford County22018036481.8
      
Galway City31525553781.0
Galway County599487981481.3
Leitrim1107824870.9
Mayo44239443589.1
Roscommon18114533380.1
Sligo18515526483.8
      
Cavan27122935784.5
Donegal489430263387.9
Monaghan211175241282.9
      
Regional Authorities     
Border1,2661,107956487.4 
Midland971853109987.8
West1,5371,3861222990.2
Dublin5,2264,9242445894.2
Mid-East2,5492,3072123090.5
Mid-West1,5701,4181381490.3
South-East1,5091,3901051492.1
South-West2,3802,2541081894.7
      
Provinces 
Leinster9,8619,51723910596.5
Munster4,3444,1511553895.6
Connacht1,8321,6611304190.7
Ulster (part of)971851685287.6
      
Republic of Ireland17,00816,77223698.6
Northern Ireland37733934489.9
Britain1,1271,077361495.6
Elsewhere1,1611,0171133187.6
Table 13 Marriages of opposite-sex couples celebrated in each county and city during 2019 classified by form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
Province, county or cityCatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianThe Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association Total
Total8,863289531,5121,1316,0121,81319,673
         
Leinster3,41814099446993,6541,0769,940
Carlow1299127188727298
Dublin City346242621051,9191992,657
South Dublin140531382912255
Fingal164656643265387
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown1401312241930238
Kildare3211111481052971221,005
Kilkenny2812402915859569
Laois194916165419308
Longford9711128128
Louth23751402814749507
Meath4671212541011802151,230
Offaly183612127412299
Westmeath189535456836378
Wexford29531822024064705
Wicklow23529112894322167976
         
Munster2,9817233282641,3875615,596
Clare359443792785597
Cork City21622141944446743
Cork County83133187771381631,330
Kerry56010912217796956
Limerick City6737624915347
Limerick County323518151733411
Tipperary41110382015584718
Waterford City50131311311200
Waterford County164517136728294
         
Connacht1,4951511471195951092,481
Galway City13329286025257
Galway County408285528240813
Leitrim127352212160
Mayo5046141169420682
Roscommon149194418221
Sligo174445149714348
         
Ulster (part of)96962409349376671,656
Cavan251203432211432485
Donegal5183327271921420858
Monaghan2009102384815313
         
Regional Authorities        
Border1,270694014365494832,164
Midland6632116473224671,113
West1,1948197103477931,973
Dublin7904821612311,9993063,537
Mid-East1,2605745703289465533,718
Mid-West1,160221061204482172,073
South-East919192179936651892,066
South-West1,6074531921187593053,029
Table 13A Same-sex marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2019 classified by form of ceremony
 Form of ceremony 
Province, county or cityCivil marriagesThe Humanist Association The Spiritualist Union of IrelandOther religious denominationsTotal
TOTAL39810010636640
      
Leinster261578120419
Carlow62210
Dublin City17520137215
South Dublin12418
Fingal136414
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown12115
Kildare1041731
Kilkenny65213
Laois
Longford11
Louth733114
Meath1391638
Offaly213
Westmeath335112
Wexford121417
Wicklow2358238
      
Munster7830912129
Clare3137
Cork City31233
Cork County8132427
Kerry855119
Limerick City17219
Limerick County11
Tipperary3328
Waterford City91111
Waterford County224
      
Connacht31911455
Galway City342211
Galway County1922124
Leitrim11
Mayo61310
Roscommon33
Sligo31116
      
Ulster (part of)284537
Cavan82111
Donegal182424
Monaghan22
      
Regional Authorities     
Border3166144
Midland635216
West28710348
Dublin178272413242
Mid-East5321443121
Mid-West2091535
South-East3579455
South-West47207579
Table 13B Same-sex Marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2019 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
Total230505419353 168505217287
            
Leinster16526399239 96314211180
Carlow314 3216
Dublin City11511103139 6093476
South Dublin22 12216
Fingal12115 1539
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown112 1113
Kildare62816 42915
Kilkenny4217 2316
Laois 
Longford11 
Louth6129 12115
Meath751123 64515
Offaly22 11
Westmeath22217 1135
Wexford9110 3137
Wicklow91212 145726
            
Munster37156765 41153564
Clare123 2114
Cork City1515 16218
Cork County361313 571114
Kerry33410 52119
Limerick City88 9211
Limerick County11 
Tipperary3317 11
Waterford City5117 44
Waterford County11 213
            
Connacht1477331 1724124
Galway City12227 224
Galway County92112 101112
Leitrim11 
Mayo3115 325
Roscommon33 
Sligo1113 213
            
Ulster (part of)142218 142319
Cavan55 3216
Donegal92213 9211
Monaghan 22
            
Regional Authorities           
Border1542122 162422
Midland522110 11316
West1357227 1523121
Dublin11614135148 621311894
Mid-East28822260 251322161
Mid-West115319 941216
South-East2133229 1446226
South-West2195338 26112241
Table 14 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 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
Total8,863289531,5121,1316,0121,81319,673
         
Leinster3,65313569116303,5339649,832
Carlow99412177114217
Dublin City6492622011601,0222912,351
South Dublin25412124104359120973
Fingal35010113783821341,067
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown29827593728296799
Kildare33871894626494839
Kilkenny195581811215353
Laois14571149845265
Longford862163311130
Louth1813582513238437
Meath3043715022757712
Offaly16511510815277
Westmeath17243723914331
Wexford2529401320433551
Wicklow165151643719157530
         
Munster2,2824032041741,2853474,335
Clare187173010727359
Cork City14722171614750381
Cork County8032379694251381,537
Kerry292232710924466
Limerick City70856813164
Limerick County2916201713134499
Tipperary3175181715231540
Waterford City69847317171
Waterford County10621597313218
         
Connacht1,0939110064494741,835
Galway City140192110724302
Galway County340332017128592
Leitrim68271235106
Mayo32131266926455
Roscommon1211911426190
Sligo1032165595190
         
Ulster (part of)6163521421920614953
Cavan159122128685266
Donegal30720161561017472
Monaghan15033155372215
         
Regional Authorities        
Border78739216525288241,249
Midland5681427245287151,003
West922517758412641,539
Dublin1,5517524973792,0456415,190
Mid-East9882822821588142462,518
Mid-West86511153694581051,562
South-East721208361533921,510
South-West1,242272128926812122,384
         
Republic of Ireland7,644219311,2578875,5181,39916,955
Northern Ireland2112012333710527445
Britain58935696631682121,169
Elsewhere4191541261442211751,104
Table 15 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 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
Total8,863289531,5121,1316,0121,81319,673
         
Leinster3,67313269136363,5329699,861
Carlow107512126612214
Dublin City6502521991541,0302892,349
South Dublin270121301153651151,007
Fingal3389117783961391,077
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown294256037277100793
Kildare34181875026293842
Kilkenny198391610915350
Laois1397118817253
Longford802154321125
Louth1943602312737444
Meath3194665322658726
Offaly16311412745269
Westmeath17443423854324
Wexford2448411521033551
Wicklow162162683619261537
         
Munster2,3053932061691,2783444,344
Clare18262810829353
Cork City15912151816348406
Cork County79723187614121341,515
Kerry288232910325459
Limerick City791066615176
Limerick County2977191713234506
Tipperary3255161215027535
Waterford City72967017174
Waterford County106112127415220
         
Connacht1,0899110267489751,832
Galway City1431102611322315
Galway County3471332116433599
Leitrim74271215110
Mayo31331276866442
Roscommon115108426181
Sligo972155633185
         
Ulster (part of)6463523431919015971
Cavan163121159647271
Donegal3272017147986489
Monaghan15635143282211
         
Regional Authorities
Border81739236525274231,266
Midland556141644727217971
West918518061405671,537
Dublin1,5527125063842,0686435,226
Mid-East1,0163132811628072492,549
Mid-West8831251634561051,570
South-East727178361529921,509
South-West1,244263134886782072,380
         
Republic of Ireland7,713215331,2648915,4891,40317,008
Northern Ireland156211131359825377
Britain56838588621582081,127
Elsewhere4261541291432671771,161
Table 16 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January53631429523395537
February10332833141298195738
March203643401184634091,129
April337066581984914661,382
May5466671072898365551,974
June747685792397098562,118
July431091231173208296882,229
August77109881023961,0619592,792
September4210281812907766702,042
October496683752616335681,735
November156953441355694061,291
December9029668541805324861,706
Total5121,0688168322,6627,4306,35319,673
Table 16A Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January-423514432
February-613817540
March-121915129
April1445710536
May54461128664
June524314191562
July83771918668
August747420202688
September174813221166
October627914201371
November--411015636
December4642522548
Total37435052135220103640
Table 16B Marriages of opposite-sex and same-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by month and day of week of marriage
 Day of occurrence 
Month of occurrenceSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayTotal
January540334510024799569
February10392936149315200778
March203745411274784101,158
April347470632055014711,418
May5970711133008645612,038
June797889822537288712,180
July511121301243398476942,297
August84113951064161,0819852,880
September4310985893037986812,108
October556890842756535811,806
November156957451455844121,327
December9430272561855544911,754
Total5491,1118668842,7977,6506,45620,313
Table 17 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 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
Total8,863289531,5121,1316,0121,81319,673
Single men and single women8,689251461,2499124,3881,55517,090
Single men and widows202532362
Widowers and single women25115631473
Widowers and widows821020
Divorced men and single women5112412285603122999
Single men and divorced women6181735844670717
Divorced men and widows4215742364
Widowers and divorced women342961786
Divorced men and divorced women211544739949562
Other
Table 17A Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 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 Male230505419353
Total Female168505217287
      
Single men and single men198435313307
Male civil partner and male civil partner1821324
Divorced men and divorced men
Single men and divorced men224
Divorced men and single men81110
Widowers and single men
Other men4228
      
Single women and single women128464212228
Female civil partner and female civil partner2222
Divorced women and divorced women4116
Single women and divorced women4329
Divorced women and single women435113
Widow and single women11
Other women51118
Table 18 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by area of residence and previous civil status of groom
Area of residence of groomSingle menWidowersDivorceesOtherTotal
Total17,8691791,62519,673
      
Leinster8,8711008619,832
Carlow190225217
Dublin City2,157161782,351
South Dublin886483973
Fingal954121011,067
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown7331353799
Kildare758873839
Kilkenny332219353
Laois234427265
Longford114214130
Louth390542437
Meath6221377712
Offaly240631277
Westmeath291436331
Wexford497450551
Wicklow473552530
  
Munster3,958383394,335
Clare323234359
Cork City354522381
Cork County1,404121211,537
Kerry418741466
Limerick City152111164
Limerick County463333499
Tipperary491643540
Waterford City148221171
Waterford County20513218
      
Connacht1,692171261,835
Galway City283118302
Galway County548440592
Leitrim9439106
Mayo423428455
Roscommon17929190
Sligo165322190
      
Ulster (part of)8881154953
Cavan246416266
Donegal433633472
Monaghan20915215
      
Regional Authorities     
Border1,14717851,249
Midland879161081,003
West1,43311951,539
Dublin4,730454155,190
Mid-East2,243312442,518
Mid-West1,429121211,562
South-East1,372101281,510
South-West2,176241842,384
      
Republic of Ireland15,4091661,38016,955
Northern Ireland403141445
Britain1,0715931,169
Elsewhere98671111,104
Table 19 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by area of residence and previous civil status of bride
Area of residence of brideSingle womenWidowsDivorceesOtherTotal
Total18,1621461,36519,673
     
Leinster9,062817189,861
Carlow192319214
Dublin City2,195191352,349
South Dublin9328671,007
Fingal9959731,077
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown744346793
Kildare775760842
Kilkenny329219350
Laois223327253
Longford113111125
Louth395346444
Meath650868726
Offaly244322269
Westmeath287532324
Wexford496352551
Wicklow492441537
      
Munster4,020392854,344
Clare328421353
Cork City372826406
Cork County1,4119951,515
Kerry424629459
Limerick City163310176
Limerick County472232506
Tipperary494536535
Waterford City152220174
Waterford County20416220
      
Connacht1,70371221,832
Galway City296316315
Galway County55544599
Leitrim9911110
Mayo40735442
Roscommon17119181
Sligo17537185
 
ULSTER (part of)902663971
Cavan246223271
Donegal451335489
Monaghan20515211
      
Regional Authorities     
Border1,1769811,266
Midland8671292971
West1,42941041,537
Dublin4,866393215,226
Mid-East2,312222152,549
Mid-West1,45714991,570
South-East1,373101261,509
South-West2,207231502,380
      
Republic of Ireland15,6871331,18817,008
Northern Ireland338336377
Britain1,0812441,127
Elsewhere1,0568971,161
Table 20 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by age of groom and bride in single years; all marriages
Age of groomAge of bride
16 & under17181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950-5455-5960-6465 & overAll ages
All ages21182584558891401852994667721,1441,5331,7311,8691,5841,3911,15999383071755351146034328022123419320314314313648431716512919,673
16 & under
1711
181218753137
19142112311144
2011687512111144
2191072631222145
221157551043221211151
2344391159342221211164
24121221521192273451111211112
2512223132124372820755532211184
26133591624346836152217483311212278
2721145141744651157444292799533312111480
281211496184070134177995636211615823312725
2914616215098205277148724929162185424111,038
3011169152044881682883242069666332313886411,429
31112276223057147214307352181974826281088223122111,568
32112361324599613926832924818161462621109622111,555
33111481019487214016423825418413380493116101153221111,489
34111227153343801131822062021781046637272012563211,349
351434253660821341381611491256649322412994141111,135
361125591231516983105109121116109874824241584323121,050
371425716324659668690979910047352416163322211862
3812132515203044545871829158645634181265512112744
391144814192738525365685464504720101411131629
4011111658101416174438404361434338211713713231231514
4124883512303142433548424841291711951014351497
42112139518232128243120333334261617982542376
4311121286876162115252631312524281710552661337
441213398161115191924262626192513745511289
4522484410141612171618201619202011723622255
46124217959913151519231817231820578165271
471121145278710161115820111912512842192
4822631777127131277118121614125176194
491112112157469108141191214131415102423200
50-54112533510720131313252820202634464638391425183622
55-59311242217677991211152223149105229429
60-6411111112213176127141347745020266
65 & over111112225635349627797318
Table 21 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by age of groom and bride in single years; first marriages only
Age of groomAge of bride
16 & under17181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950-5455-5960-6465 & overAll ages
All ages21182584451861361802914637541,1221,5061,6901,8261,5281,3251,0899067306184714263642471921491451129655574813957241017,090
16 & under
1711
181218753137
19142112311144
2011687512111144
219107263122244
22115755104322111149
2344381159342221211163
24121221520192273451111111110
25122231321243628196445322177
2613359162434683615221747331121275
27211451416446511574442826984332111471
281211496183970132175995636211514722311715
2914614215098205274147704829162084424111,027
3011158152044861672883212059364332112684411,408
311112762230561472133053501809248262677721311111,544
321113613245895138263323246178594324199861111,521
3311 47917467013716223825018112877452813710422211,442
3411122615334279111178204199172101633525181042211,307
35434243358801321351541441216547292410672111,084
361255911305066821011001141101018145222013732122985
37142571632435658808992909743332115113321804
382132515192841515566798553574729141252211675
3911447121625354848625947594535186139121558
401116479121417403537394936372919146511111432
412345151027283738274036413525159937122412
4212127516212020222717283028231313531321311
43112144765161511181828261916221283222249
441133871181015162224162111171153111216
4521272458111115121816111713168321311190
46113212445711101113129111511923483162
47121341463711696107125574114
482232162354874535596427196
49111223663398789888471105
50-541446472661513910139211818155392245
55-5912123121234135640254106
60-641111331223107136
65 & over1579931
Table 22 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by age and previous civil status of groom
AgeSingle MenWidowersDivorceesOtherTotal
Total17,8691791,62519,673
Age of groom     
Under 208282
20-243151316
25-292,693122,705
30-347,3291607,390
35-394,26581474,420
40-441,761112412,013
45-49793133061,112
50-5433521266622
55-5916622241429
60 and over130103351584
Average age of groom35.262.051.536.8
Table 23 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by age and previous civil status of bride
AgeSingle womenWidowsDivorceesOtherTotal
Total18,1621461,36519,673
Age of bride     
Under 20153153
20-245134517
25-294,197174,214
30-347,62741037,734
35-393,377142133,604
40-441,312162101,538
45-4953820260818
50-5424916219484
55-5911621180317
60 and over8055159294
Average age of bride33.655.347.934.8
Table 23A Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 classified by previous civil status and average age of partners
TotalSingleCivil PartnersWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerSurviving Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
1,2801,1209215114239.6
Table 23B Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 classified by previous civil status and average age of male partners
TotalSingleCivil PartnersWidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerSurviving Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
70663548156239.8
Table 23C Same-sex Marriages registered in 2019 classified by previous civil status and average age of female partners
TotalSingleCivil PartnersWidowsDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerSurviving Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
57448544136839.3
Table 24 Same-Sex Marriages registered in 2019 classified by future area of residence of partners
Area of residence of partnersAll Same-Sex MarriagesMale Same-Sex MarriagesFemale Same-Sex Marriages
Total640353287
    
Leinster384212172
Carlow1064
Dublin City17510966
South Dublin361620
Fingal331716
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown321616
Kildare23914
Kilkenny33
Laois413
Longford11
Louth1275
Meath1578
Offaly523
Westmeath844
Wexford15114
Wicklow1239
    
Munster1135756
Clare633
Cork City23158
Cork County321121
Kerry862
Limerick City1156
Limerick County1055
Tipperary954
Waterford City1055
Waterford County422
    
Connacht372017
Galway City1697
Galway County743
Leitrim11 
Mayo844
Roscommon22
Sligo321
    
Ulster (part of)1367
Cavan312
Donegal844
Monaghan211
    
Regional Authorities   
Border1798
Midland18810
West331716
Dublin276158118
Mid-East622636
Mid-West361818
South-East422715
South-West633231
 
Republic of Ireland547295252
Northern Ireland261214
Outside the State674621
Table 25 Marriages of opposite-sex couples registered in 2019 classified by nationality of bride and of groom
Nationality of GroomNationality of Bride Number % of all marriages
Total19,673100
 
IrelandIreland14,77975.1
IrelandUnited Kingdom5682.9
IrelandEU15 excl Irl and UK2341.2
IrelandEU16 to EU282901.5
IrelandOther6723.4
IrelandNot stated40.0
United KingdomIreland9714.9
EU15 excl Irl and UKIreland1510.8
EU16 to EU28Ireland890.5
OtherIreland4132.1
Not statedIreland0.0
United KingdomUnited Kingdom3231.6
EU15 excl Irl and UKEU15 excl Irl and UK950.5
EU16 to EU28EU16 to EU283031.5
OtherOther4152.1
RemainderRemainder3661.9

Background Notes

Source

These statistics have been compiled from the marriage registration forms of all marriages registered in the Republic of Ireland in 2019.

The release has been prepared by the Central Statistics Office for the Minister for Employment Affairs and 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 2019 (and hence included in these statistics) occurred in years before 2019.

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.  

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 2019 usual residence population is 4,921,496. 

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.New NUTS2 and NUTS3 regional Authority areas - January 2018

 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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