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Marriages and Civil Partnerships

2013

 20132012
Marriages20,68020,713
Marriages per 1,000 population4.54.5
Average Age of Groom34.934.7
Average Age of Bride32.832.6
Civil Marriage Ceremonies6,0965,797
Civil Partnerships 338429

The average age of brides and grooms has increased by almost 9 years since 1978

Average age of bride and groom, 1963 - 2013 Fig 1
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The average age of grooms in 2013 was 34.9 years, 0.2 years more than the average age in 2012.  In the past fifty years, the average age of grooms has decreased from 30.1 years in 1963 to a low of 26.2 years in 1977 and has increased to a high of 34.9 years in 2013.  A similar trend is evident for brides with the average age decreasing from 26.5 in 1963 to 24.0 in 1977 and has increased to a high of 32.8 in 2013. See table 1 and fig 1.

The number of marriages registered in 2013 was 20,680 which equates to a crude marriage rate of 4.5 per 1,000 of the population.  This compares with a total of 20,713 marriages and a marriage rate also of 4.5 per thousand of the population in 2012.  See table 1.

 

In 2013, the average age of the groom in Civil marriages was 37.6 years and the average age of the groom in Roman Catholic marriages was 33.4 years.  The average age of the bride in Civil marriages was 35.0 years and the average age of the bride in Roman Catholic marriages was 31.7 years.  See table 3. 

In 2013, Civil marriages accounted for 29.5% of all marriages, 1.5 percentage points more than the 28% recorded in 2012. Of the 6,096 civil marriages in 2013, there were 4,288 (over 70%) where both the bride and groom were single.  See tables 1, 17 and fig 3.

Of the 20,680 marriages registered in 2013, there were 12,921 Roman Catholic marriage ceremonies (62.5%), 6,096 Civil marriages (29.5%), 453 Church of Ireland ceremonies (2.2%) and the remaining 5.9% was made up of Presbyterian, Methodist, and other ceremonies.  See table 1 and fig 2.

Civil marriage ceremonies were the most common form of ceremony for grooms aged 45 and over (65%), and for brides aged 40 and over (62%) in 2013.  See table 3.

At a NUTS3 regional level, over 39% of grooms and brides in the Dublin region had Civil marriages.  By contrast, 22% of grooms and brides living in the Border and West regions had Civil marriages.  See tables 14 and 15. 

X-axis labelMarriages by form of Ceremony, 2013
Roman
Catholic
62.5
Other
religious
5.9
Church
of
Ireland
2.2
Civil
Ceremony
29.5

 August was the most popular month for marriages in 2013

  • Similar to 2012, August was the most popular month for marriage in 2013, when almost 15% (or 3,071) of marriages occurred.  Almost half (46.7%) of all marriages in 2013 took place in the months of June to September. January continued to be the least popular month for marriage ceremonies with only 555 (2.7%) of marriages occurring during that month.  See table 16.
  • Friday and Saturday were the most popular days of the week to get married with over 71% of marriages occurring on those days.  The least popular day was Sunday when 313 couples wed (1.5% of total). See table 16.
  • Saturday 3rd  August was the most popular date for marriage in 2013 with 247 (over 1%) marriages taking place. This was followed by Friday 6th September , when 244 (over 1%) marriages occurred. 
  • In 2012 (latest available data) Lithuania had the highest crude(unadjusted) marriage rate of the the EU 28 Member States with a rate of 6.9 per 1,000 population. Bulgaria had the lowest rate, with 2.9 marriages per 1,000 population.  Ireland, along with Greece and Estonia, was ranked 9th with a rate of 4.5 per 1,000 of the population.  See fig 3.

 

 

EU-28Marriage rate
Lithuania6.9
Malta6.7
Cyprus6.7
Latvia5.5
Romania5.4
Finland5.3
Poland5.3
Sweedan5.3
Denmark5.1
Croatia4.8
Slovakia4.8
Germany4.8
Austria4.6
Estonia4.5
Ireland4.5
Greece4.5
United Kingdom4.4
Czech Republic4.3
Netherlands4.2
France3.7
Hungary3.6
Belgium3.6
Spain3.5
Italy3.5
Slovenia3.4
Luzembourg3.4
Portugal3.3
Bulgaria2.9

Groom older than bride in 63% of marriages

The average age of grooms and brides in 2013 was 34.9 years and 32.8 years respectively.  The average age of grooms marrying for the first time was 33.6 years and for brides the average age was 32.0 years.   See tables 22 and 23.

In 2013, the groom was older than the bride in almost 63% of marriages. This was generally witnessed across all age groups except in the case of grooms under 25, where the bride was older in almost 41% of marriages. See tables 7, 8.

In 2013, 3% of grooms were under the age of 25 and 36% of grooms were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  For brides, over 5% were under the age of 25 and almost 26% were aged 35 and over on their wedding day.  See table 1.

At a local authority level, Monaghan had the lowest average age for grooms and brides at 33.2 and 31.1 years respectively.  At the other end of the scale, Wicklow had the highest average age for grooms at 36.3 years and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown had the highest average age for brides at 34.0 years.  See tables 9 and 10.

Over 88% of marriages were first time marriages

In 2013, 88% (18,241) of marriages were the first marriage for both the groom and bride.   The breakdown between grooms and brides was 19,014 (almost 92%) grooms and 19,313 (over 93%) brides marrying for the first time.  See tables 17, 22 and 23.

There were 2,230 marriages involving at least one divorced person in 2013, including 430 marriages where both parties were divorced.  Civil ceremonies accounted for 1,712 of these marriages, 188 were Roman Catholic ceremonies, and the remaining 330 were other religious ceremonies.  See table 17.

 

Couples residing outside Ireland before marriage account for almost 10% of marriages

Marriages where both the bride and groom were residing in Ireland before marriage accounted for nearly 88% (18,175) of marriages.  In 2013, 2,053 (10%) marriages involved both the bride and groom living outside the State before marriage.   See tables 11 and 12.

Nearly 93% of grooms residing in Donegal married brides who were also residing in Donegal. In contrast,  just under 72% of Roscommon grooms married brides living in Roscommon.  In relation to brides, nearly 90% of brides residing in Dublin City married grooms from the same area, while at the other end of the scale only 71% of Leitrim brides married grooms residing in Leitrim.  See tables 11 and 12.

The future permanent residence of married couples was stated to be outside Ireland in 11% (2,316) of marriages in 2013.  This compares to 2,065 (10%) in 2012.  See table 1.

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

In 2013, almost 24% (4,908) of all marriages involved the bride and groom being of the same socio-economic group.

Over half (57%) of grooms and over two-fifths (42%) of brides in the Professional Occupations’ socio-economic group married an individual in the same group, 19% of grooms and 26% of brides in the ‘Associate professional and Technical Occupations’ married within their own group. 14% of grooms and 22% of brides in the Managers, Directors and Senior Officials’ category married persons in the same socio-economic group.  In the Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown group 44% of grooms and 19% of brides married within their group.   

There was a greater disparity apparent for the following socio-economic groups – In the Caring, Leisure and Other services occupations only 3% of brides and 27% of grooms married a partner from this group, almost 3% of grooms in the ‘Process Plant and Machine Operatives’ category and in the ‘Skilled Trades Occupations’ category married within their own group.  For those in the Administrative and Secretarial Occupations’ 29% of grooms and 8% of brides married within the group.  In the ‘Sales and Customer Services group, 19% of grooms and 9% of brides married within the group and in the ‘Elementary Occupations’ group, 15% of grooms and 28% of brides married within the group.  See table 6 and background notes.

Number of divorces granted increased by nearly 3%

There were 2,949 divorces granted by the Circuit Court and the High Court in 2013.  This was an increase of 57 on the 2012 figure.  See Table A.

Civil Partnerships Legislation

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

Over 69% of Civil Partnerships resident in Leinster

There were 338 civil partnership ceremonies in 2013, 208 male unions and 130 female unions.  almost 74% (249) of these same-sex couples reside in the Leinster area with 139 same-sex partnerships (41%) living in Dublin City and a further 22% residing in the greater Dublin area. Excluding the Dublin area, Cork County had the highest number of civil partnerships registered in 2013 (18) and accounted for over 5% of all civil partnerships registered in that year.  In contrast, Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo or South Tipperary had no civil partnerships registered in 2013. See Table 1A.

Previous Marital Status of partners in registered Civil Partnerships

Of the 676 individual partners, 636 or 94% were previously single while 37 (5%) were divorcees and 2 were former Civil Partners. See Tables 2A, 2B and 2C.

Average Age of Partner in Civil Partnership higher than in Marriages

The average age of partner in civil partnership couples in 2013 was 39.3 years, the average age of male partner being 38.5 (average age of groom in marriage is 34.9) and female partner slightly higher at 40.6 (average age of bride in marriage 32.8).  See Tables 2A, 2B and 2C.

Of all the male partnerships, over 41% indicate that there is a 1- 4 year difference in ages. Almost 49% of female partnerships indicate that there is 1-4 year age gap between couples.  Over 5% of males and nearly 8% of female partnerships show no age difference between partners.  See Table 6A.

Table 1 Summary data for marriages 1994-1996, 2002 and 2004-2013
                
  199419951996 2002 2004200520062007200820092010201120122013
State 16,62115,60416,174 20,556 20,97921,35522,08922,75622,18721,62720,59419,85520,71320,680
                  
Marriages per 1,000 population4.64.34.5 5.2 5.25.25.25.24.94.84.54.34.54.5
                  
Average age of groom29.830.030.2 32.5 33.033.133.233.433.834.034.134.634.734.9
                  
Average age of bride27.828.128.4 30.4 30.931.031.231.331.731.832.032.532.632.8
                  
Percentage of marriages by%%% % %%%%%%%%%%
age of groom  
  Under 20 0.70.50.5 0.7 0.60.50.60.50.50.50.50.50.50.6
  20-24 14.912.810.8 5.4 4.54.84.74.03.03.33.02.32.52.4
  25-29 47.446.546.3 34.6 31.530.329.429.127.727.225.422.421.820.0
  30-34 24.327.329.0 34.9 36.637.037.037.537.536.838.339.739.841.0
  35-39 7.37.88.2 13.6 14.914.715.716.317.017.317.818.618.819.0
  Over 40 5.45.15.2 10.8 11.912.612.712.714.114.915.016.516.617.0
                  
Percentage of marriages by%%% % %%%%%%%%%%
age of bride   
  Under 20 1.61.61.2 1.2 1.11.21.41.10.91.31.41.11.11.1
  20-24 27.323.721.6 11.7 9.59.68.67.86.87.25.74.94.74.3
  25-29 47.549.149.5 42.9 40.939.739.039.438.136.034.932.631.329.4
  30-34 16.718.819.9 28.3 31.531.532.132.433.633.836.237.638.739.7
  35-39 4.14.45.1 9.4 9.710.311.111.411.912.112.613.513.614.7
  Over 40 2.82.42.7 6.5 7.27.67.97.88.79.69.310.310.510.8
                  
Form of ceremony                
  Roman Catholic15,20014,15814,607 15,908 15,97815,86716,21116,85415,97814,62413,78113,15613,49712,921
  Church of Ireland434425483 781 539553530526534447427448433453
  Presbyterian 517691 112 12711916117616011189678472
  Methodist 332538 40 21172620322127151925
  Jewish 312 6 452151
  Other religious 502825 26 243232331842052794018831,112
  Civil marriages 850891928 3,683 4,2864,7625,1275,1465,2996,2145,9915,7685,7976,096
                  
Country of future residence                
Outside Republic of Ireland2,6612,5022,604 2,293 2,0571,8901,9171,7981,9091,8351,7621,8432,0652,316
  Northern Ireland235216271 256 281257346330367362289304318319
  England and Wales1,4771,3381,295 1,119 1,047990932915981899810846925947
  Scotland 606664 86 78678475958676926480
  Europe (remainder)166203222 182 130129115113114124146139148152
  U.S.A 509490570 480 353281248211165158164169176198
  Elsewhere 214189182 170 168166192154187206277293434620
Not stated   4912111
                  
Percentage of marriages with %%% % %%%%%%%%%%
country of residence outside  
Republic of Ireland16.016.016.1 11.2 9.98.98.77.98.68.58.69.310.011.2
                  
Table 2 Age specific marriage rates, 2010-2013
          
AgeMarriages per 1,000 males at specified ages Marriages per 1,000 females at specified ages
2010201120122013 2010201120122013
All ages, 16-4917.216.617.717.9 17.416.917.818.1
          
16-190.90.90.91.1 2.51.92.22.2
          
201.91.72.32.5 3.73.13.93.6
212.61.82.61.8 5.03.54.84.6
223.12.62.43.1 5.65.55.55.6
234.83.84.84.1 7.97.57.58.9
246.45.66.56.9 12.312.112.612.0
          
20-243.93.13.73.7 7.16.47.07.0
          
2511.810.810.310.2 19.017.217.918.4
2618.915.216.416.2 30.225.626.927.9
2726.824.226.322.9 36.934.938.335.7
2836.533.537.336.2 44.743.145.245.5
2943.639.644.345.3 50.847.549.751.0
          
25-2928.125.427.726.9 36.734.436.536.6
          
3045.742.848.351.1 49.046.351.751.4
3147.846.547.749.9 46.845.546.050.5
3242.542.945.346.6 38.936.939.939.5
3338.738.539.942.1 31.532.034.134.9
3432.330.833.837.4 26.625.726.628.6
          
30-3441.540.543.145.3 38.937.639.941.0
          
3526.927.831.529.7 20.821.321.924.3
3623.422.322.724.1 17.217.417.419.1
3719.520.720.319.9 13.713.215.214.6
3817.716.917.619.2 10.411.412.012.3
3913.513.215.015.7 10.010.610.611.9
          
35-3920.320.321.521.8 14.514.815.516.5
          
4013.111.911.813.4 8.58.08.59.1
4110.810.59.912.0 5.76.46.75.8
429.28.69.18.9 6.06.05.66.6
437.67.09.07.8 4.55.04.74.5
446.46.27.06.7 4.84.94.04.5
          
40-449.58.99.49.8 5.96.16.06.2
          
455.26.46.45.6 3.64.34.04.4
464.45.05.35.7 3.03.74.23.9
474.55.14.54.8 2.93.03.23.6
484.14.74.63.9 2.43.13.32.5
493.54.24.13.9 2.72.62.82.9
          
45-494.35.15.04.8 2.93.43.53.5
          
Table 3 Marriages registered in 2013 classified according to age of groom/age of bride and form of ceremony
       
AgeForm of ceremony1Total
CatholicChurchPresbyterian Other religiousCivil Marriages
 of Ireland  denominations 
Age of groom      
Under 201108118
20-242158533229490
25-292,73999181741,1144,144
30-346,127172293941,7578,479
35-392,4869392201,1183,926
40-448334961206761,684
45-4924118374411747
50-54755157306444
55-59354135206281
60 and over60531271367
Total12,921453721,1386,09620,680
       
Age of bride      
Under 201441482231
20-2436116659452894
25-294,324150252361,3366,071
30-345,753179264361,8188,212
35-391,73178141831,0263,032
40-4439714945481,053
45-49121371351546
50-5436632229303
55-59254115134179
60 and over2928120159
Total12,921453721,1386,09620,680
       
Average age of groom33.434.833.237.137.634.9
       
Average age of bride31.732.431.034.635.032.8
       
  
Table 4 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by occupational group and age of groom
             
Occupational group of groomAge of groomAverage age of groom
Under 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overAll ages
Administrative and Secretarial occupations14149380151643416111483335.0
Associate professional and Technical occupations9446121,369640251967542333,17134.8
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations5628473382266730336.4
Elementary occupations675452661379176904131261,93734.8
Managers, Directors and Senior officials519270705431174926242631,86336.8
Process, Plant and Machine operatives114186405255135795028311,18437.1
Professional occupations268092,2569473581236541614,68634.7
Sales and Customer service occupations245204229101481664265732.5
Skilled trades occupations13941,1362,1318483921769958725,01934.5
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown8215426425910148192418581,02732.7
  
Total1184904,1448,4793,9261,68474744428136720,68034.9
             
Table 5 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by occupational group and age of bride
             
Occupational group of brideAge of brideAverage age of bride
Under 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overAll ages
Administrative and Secretarial occupations2587621,372452159765041172,98933.5
Associate professional and Technical occupations14386271,047403110523114132,34933.1
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations11126925756307136884216202,42732.5
Elementary occupations2913828927013465322614111,00832.2
Managers, Directors and Senior officials222302490210735325881,19334.0
Process, Plant and Machine operatives432452897212733.7
Professional occupations1551,9553,062957236924237266,46332.6
Sales and Customer service occupations151094804451546253231051,35632.0
Skilled trades occupations52173103662912154633434.8
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown152323626622321174814735532,43432.4
 
Total2318946,0718,2123,0321,05354630317915920,68032.8
             
Table 6 Marriages registered in 2013 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 occupations240109771954224334946833
Associate professional and Technical occupations47660333572205121,008180372433,171
Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations312981141417121536303
Elementary occupations3011402982836814238199353611,937
Managers, Directors and Senior officials284237158602659560118221501,863
Process, Plant and Machine operatives20478226784932170106332081,184
Professional occupations49059425230227132,692114372374,686
Sales and Customer service occupations81528655455111124890657
Skilled trades occupations817447829300234351,2263921326075,019
Unemployed, Retired, Student, Occupation unknown6560859732414468164561,027
Total2,9892,3492,4271,0081,1931276,4631,3563342,43420,680
            
Table 7 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by groom's age and bride's relative age
Age of groomRelative age of brideTotal
10 or more years older5 to 9 years older1 to 4 years olderSame age1 to 4 years younger5 to 9 years younger10 or more years younger
All ages1928104,0242,6818,3183,3991,25620,680
1611
1761310
1811528650
19311162757
Under 204334536118
205812102863
214516317247
224626153586
23273426374110
247165832665184
20-2422421468618311490
2592797489212285
26164315710414321484
2794722513526630712
2824733692374174331,166
2915714363095936581,497
25-29732611,2848331,511171114,144
3066550634577987131,801
3197039832789612481,832
32957368256931175181,814
331047316186824247111,641
34550207175673261201,391
30-34392891,7951,2894,103894708,479
3533615592517257231,083
369291036736426735874
37621834528023746718
38711754123626856694
39420463918819862557
35-39291174622841,5851,2272223,926
40217402716018151478
41514361412616558418
4226241410810352309
43153912747953263
4444258596848216
40-441446164755275962621,684
45251712286450178
4627138334572180
47231910343744149
481252274342122
491593202951118
45-498226335142218259747
50-542133716103118155444
55-5921125106269102281
60-642294354376171
65-691244213355120
70-74118101939
75 and over1292537
         
Table 8 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by bride's age and groom's relative age
Age of brideRelative age of groomTotal
10 or more years older5 to 9 years older1 to 4 years olderSame age1 to 4 years younger5 to 9 years younger10 or more years younger
All ages1,2563,3998,3182,6814,02481019220,680
162810
1711112
18171540286106
192122341610103
Under 203839934516231
2011283110787
21213246312114
221733661513144
2331668726191230
24268215532213319
20-2410624138586724894
254912927548334538
2658204435104744879
277324363213511141,198
287328181323717331,580
2978289951309238111,876
25-293311,1463,106833629266,071
30632839593453481812,017
31692648603274782612,025
32552316242564303411,631
33602244741864135421,413
34561643351753326311,126
30-343031,1663,2521,2892,00119568,212
354512128092313652918
363211420167210737704
37416517645142597535
383959130411115810448
39415412639103559427
35-39198413913284879310353,032
4035419027735010326
412128541449298203
4218427614392515229
4316302512342412153
441523338311913142
40-4410516427875226147581,053
4523192612282112141
461518238262111122
471720231021148113
481418202167380
491817233147890
45-498792115351057042546
50-5449668516402423303
55-5921354810321518179
60-645232541413589
65-697716453244
70-7447142119
75 and over211127
         
Table 9 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by age and area of residence of groom before marriage
Area of residence of groomAge of groomAverage age of groom
Under 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overTotal
Total1184904,1448,4793,9261,68474744428136720,68034.9
             
LEINSTER602822,1424,3762,05290939322516820810,81535.0
             
Carlow15481005818522524434.6
Dublin City10745511,055525219835134452,64734.7
South Dublin54124244322288331721231,13534.7
Fingal527229490241126453214221,23135.2
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown210120429157723121161987735.6
Kildare619194356163823611131989934.9
Kilkenny387815065271463535934.5
Laois377713058219510632634.7
Longford112854289611314134.1
Louth29911817842201641145435.3
Meath512147304123742618171273835.2
Offaly6147411952141254630633.8
Westmeath3780136683614112536234.7
Wexford62796218107322913121255235.1
Wicklow31187211107493016151554436.3
             
MUNSTER17898611,87691637217910660894,56535.2
             
Clare1866168734617124840335.6
Cork City3893190813017138945235.0
Cork County319270632313124493321331,49735.4
Kerry8101188915328139149235.3
Limerick City3948615416762421034.9
Limerick County216108238973117681153434.4
North Tipperary29591236226114430034.2
South Tipperary2355120562112751229335.9
Waterford City632563412742515835.6
Waterford County132910055131481222635.5
             
CONNACHT2959386847408141673720242,01834.3
             
Galway City79481387520553231234.0
Galway County8251162961355019155667534.1
Leitrim122642289523312135.5
Mayo8179619276261583644733.9
Roscommon3240855122653422135.2
Sligo24609443141723324234.4
             
ULSTER (part of)72125338115765351715996034.1
             
Cavan226111037181373425734.9
Donegal516144188873820811452134.0
Monaghan34883339221118233.2
             
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES            
             
Border1236430698306130773725261,77734.5
Midland123925943920680412217201,13534.4
West2653300711337118453314181,65534.2
Dublin221521,1422,4171,145505192121851095,89034.9
Mid-East1442428871393205924545462,18135.4
Mid-West842281590286119522814271,44734.8
South-East1352338744375123814025411,83235.1
South-West6354641,010485207945938432,44135.3
             
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND1134513,6427,4803,5331,48767438526333018,35834.9
             
NORTHERN IRELAND1178912758341586936434.9
BRITAIN4152074851747635254121,03734.3
ELSEWHERE720638716187232681692134.9
             
Table 10 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by age and area of residence of bride before marriage
Area of residence of brideAge of brideAverage age of bride
Under 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and overTotal
Total2318946,0718,2123,0321,05354630317915920,68032.8
             
LEINSTER1465123,0644,2371,5945913381711049410,85133.0
             
Carlow21178992713432224132.2
Dublin City511776711,018446158803624212,68233.0
South Dublin126132743816863281621121,14633.1
Fingal15523135002146041141661,23133.2
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown1520343112551251551788734.0
Kildare83527535612746291711791133.1
Kilkenny661091434622126335332.8
Laois4151021223822861232032.5
Longford7114846186521114531.6
Louth61915816567331864548133.1
Meath5262312691013725144571733.0
Offaly620103963812742429232.2
Westmeath32111712057141563135732.7
Wexford1728168208622218123554332.4
Wicklow415161226603223147354533.4
             
MUNSTER281661,3581,7947112471057430394,55233.0
             
Clare2101151636534961641133.5
Cork City231331787825586546133.1
Cork County64443663022275352211161,49733.1
Kerry11315318089281164248733.0
Limerick City3166956361684120932.5
Limerick County72317122966216104454132.4
North Tipperary5157992521565227132.7
South Tipperary3109210949111363229833.0
Waterford City154460236541115033.3
Waterford County7669731167322732.9
             
CONNACHT399658882430290342215122,02232.3
             
Galway City618901336414622133632.3
Galway County143118828692361094567532.4
Leitrim3639482141212431.8
Mayo12211551895616643346531.8
Roscommon265978359932120433.3
Sligo2145790341133421832.6
             
ULSTER (part of)956377363126452061431,01931.8
             
Cavan39931033616711027832.8
Donegal54119918667211054354131.6
Monaghan168574238320031.1
             
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES            
             
Border209563166624893411622101,84232.2
Midland2067370384151543518781,11432.4
West347649268624775311811101,68032.3
Dublin783051,5142,3879533321748166565,94633.2
Mid-East1776667851288115774522152,17333.1
Mid-West17644345402198629255131,43232.8
South-East29675577162389059349131,81232.7
South-West780722988389128513621232,44533.1
             
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND2228305,3877,2182,73397349727316314818,44432.9
             
NORTHERN IRELAND21810910241121153130432.2
BRITAIN6182844711313523104298432.5
ELSEWHERE1282914211273315159894832.8
             
Table 11 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by area of residence of groom before marriage, also showing whether bride has same area of residence
      
Area of residence of groomTotalArea of residence of bridePercentage of brides from same area as groom
Same area as groomDifferent area from groom: Republic of IrelandDifferent area from groom: Not Republic of Ireland
LOCAL AUTHORITY AREAS18,35815,8352,34018386.3
      
Carlow24419944181.6
Dublin City2,6472,4052162690.9
South Dublin1,1351,0091161088.9
Fingal1,2311,0821262387.9
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown877764109487.1
Kildare899793101588.2
Kilkenny35929563182.2
Laois32627352183.7
Longford1411122979.4
Louth45440936990.1
Meath738629103685.2
Offaly30623767277.5
Westmeath36230354583.7
Wexford55248363687.5
Wicklow54447960588.1
      
Clare40335842388.8
Cork City45237574383.0
Cork County1,4971,335155789.2
Kerry49241573484.3
Limerick City21017532383.3
Limerick County53444686283.5
North Tipperary30022375274.3
South Tipperary29324248382.6
Waterford City15812530379.1
Waterford County22618440281.4
      
Galway City31225649782.1
Galway County675551115981.6
Leitrim1218830372.7
Mayo44738558486.1
Roscommon2211596271.9
Sligo24218948578.1
      
Cavan25721538483.7
Donegal521484221592.9
Monaghan1821582486.8
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES18,35816,8051,37018391.5
      
Border1,7771,6081333690.5
Midland1,135972155885.6
West1,6551,5001352090.6
Dublin5,8905,5942336395.0
Mid-East2,1811,9232421688.2
Mid-West1,4471,2791581088.4
South-East1,8321,6441721689.7
South-West2,4412,2851421493.6
      
PROVINCES18,35817,43274318395.0
      
Leinster10,81510,41929210496.3
Munster4,5654,3172163294.6
Connacht2,0181,8231672890.3
Ulster (part of)960873681990.9
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND18,35818,17518399.0
      
NORTHERN IRELAND36426596372.8
BRITAIN1,037939841490.5
ELSEWHERE921809892387.8
      
Table 12 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by area of residence of bride before marriage, also showing whether groom has same area of residence
      
Area of residence of brideTotalArea of residence of groomPercentage of grooms from same area as bride
Same area as brideDifferent area from bride: Republic of IrelandDifferent area from bride: Not Republic of Ireland
LOCAL AUTHORITY AREAS18,44415,8352,34026985.9
      
Carlow24119938482.6 
Dublin City2,6822,4052443389.7 
South Dublin1,1461,0091231488.0 
Fingal1,2311,0821321787.9 
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown8877641101386.1 
Kildare9117931041487.0 
Kilkenny35329557183.6 
Laois32027346185.3 
Longford14511230377.2 
Louth481409531985.0 
Meath71762984487.7 
Offaly29223751481.2 
Westmeath35730347784.9 
Wexford54348355589.0 
Wicklow54547960687.9 
       
Clare41135851287.1 
Cork City46137580681.3 
Cork County1,4971,3351471589.2 
Kerry48741567585.2 
Limerick City20917533183.7 
Limerick County54144693282.4 
North Tipperary27122343582.3 
South Tipperary29824250681.2 
Waterford City15012524183.3 
Waterford County22718441281.1 
       
Galway City33625674676.2 
Galway County675551115981.6 
Leitrim1248830671.0 
Mayo465385691182.8 
Roscommon20415942377.9 
Sligo21818924586.7 
       
Cavan27821558577.3 
Donegal541484372089.5 
Monaghan200158281479.0 
      
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES18,44416,8051,37026991.1
      
Border1,8421,6081656987.3
Midland1,1149721271587.3
West1,6801,5001512989.3
Dublin5,9465,5942757794.1
Mid-East2,1731,9232262488.5
Mid-West1,4321,2791431089.3
South-East1,8121,6441491990.7
South-West2,4452,2851342693.5
      
PROVINCES18,44417,43274326994.5
      
Leinster10,85110,41928714596.0
Munster4,5524,3171904594.8
Connacht2,0221,8231594090.2
Ulster (part of)1,0198731073985.7
      
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND18,44418,17526998.5
      
NORTHERN IRELAND30426531887.2
BRITAIN984939291695.4
ELSEWHERE9488091231685.3
      
Table 13 Marriages celebrated in each county and city during 2013 classified by form of ceremony
Province, county or cityForm of ceremony1Total
CatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianOther religious denominationsCivil marriages
TOTAL12,921453721,1386,09620,680
       
LEINSTER5,635248269233,61310,445
       
Carlow210186116350
Dublin City7253661421,7142,623 
South Dublin3991736745531
Fingal35612111467550
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown2311426633346
Kildare5442811253291,027
Kilkenny344711102464
Laois2781621260368
Longford11341150169
Louth3287435181555
Meath674931632371,086
Offaly2751211284384
Westmeath304819124455
Wexford4461843190697
Wicklow408422107281840
       
MUNSTER4,05010321551,4105,720
       
Clare46711130509
Cork City309217395714
Cork County1,16860561791,463
Kerry676924198907
Limerick City1024278384
Limerick County469101023512
North Tipperary2886960363
South Tipperary26088110386
Waterford City7511585176
Waterford County23631552306
       
CONNACHT2,103231326712,830
       
Galway City1881562256
Galway County638512305960
Leitrim1636127197
Mayo6424790743
Roscommon22952281
Sligo243717135393
       
ULSTER (part of)1,1337943284021,685
 
Cavan25024313182472
Donegal664373112177921
Monaghan219189343292
       
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES      
       
Border1,8679948717452,830
Midland970404443181,376
West1,69710245092,240
Dublin1,71179123891,8594,050
Mid-East1,6267963958472,953
Mid-West1,32621303911,768
South-East1,571541986552,379
South-West2,153711877723,084
       
  
Table 14 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by area of residence of groom and form of ceremony
Area of residence of groom Form of ceremony1Total
CatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianOther religious denominationsCivil marriages
TOTAL12,921453721,1386,09620,680
       
LEINSTER6,099215128133,67610,815
       
Carlow16811461244
Dublin City1,1534122071,2442,647
South Dublin6071711303801,135
Fingal6621711404111,231
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown47341277284877
Kildare55216470257899
Kilkenny2694581359
Laois2221011083326
Longford951144141
Louth2984133118454
Meath484867179738
Offaly2369457306
Westmeath238410110362
Wexford3731510154552
Wicklow2691745213544
       
MUNSTER3,16573961,2314,565
       
Clare29616100403
Cork City25959179452
Cork County1,05441403621,497
Kerry34659132492
Limerick City117390210
Limerick County39157131534
North Tipperary2506440300
South Tipperary1983488293
Waterford City9411152158
Waterford County1603657226
       
CONNACHT1,51812274612,018
       
Galway City1947111312
Galway County51828147675
Leitrim961123121
Mayo3681771447
Roscommon176243221
Sligo1668266242
       
ULSTER (part of)680503418178960
       
Cavan1641651161257
Donegal3712824692521
Monaghan14565125182
       
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:      
       
Border1,2406335543851,777
Midland791241252941,135
West1,2563243721,655
Dublin2,89511665542,3195,890
Mid-East1,3054141826492,181
Mid-West1,05415173611,447
South-East1,26237404931,832
South-West1,65951586732,441
       
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND11,462350469545,54618,358
       
NORTHERN IRELAND20527132099364
BRITAIN711508701981,037
ELSEWHERE54326594253921
       
   
Table 15 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by area of residence of bride and form of ceremony
Area of residence of bride Form of ceremony1Total
CatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianOther religious denominationsCivil marriages
TOTAL12,921453721,1386,09620,680
       
LEINSTER6,116230148203,67110,851
       
Carlow16414459241
Dublin City1,1643832231,2542,682
South Dublin6162111313771,146
Fingal6631921424051,231
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown47841279287887
Kildare55920365264911
Kilkenny2584685353
Laois2171111081320
Longford102241145
Louth3176136121481
Meath476862171717
Offaly2229358292
Westmeath23068113357
Wexford375167145543
Wicklow27515144210545
       
MUNSTER3,169701001,2134,552
       
Clare30226101411
Cork City267512177461
Cork County1,05439383661,497
Kerry35449120487
Limerick City1203185209
Limerick County39754135541
North Tipperary2195740271
South Tipperary2064583298
Waterford City8711151150
Waterford County1632755227
       
CONNACHT1,53511274492,022
       
Galway City2266104336
Galway County517111146675
Leitrim982222124
Mayo3882768465
Roscommon15747204
Sligo1496162218
       
ULSTER (part of)7375132181811,019
       
Cavan1851731063278
Donegal3942820594541
Monaghan15869324200
       
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:      
       
Border1,3016533573861,842
Midland771281212931,114
West1,2883243651,680
Dublin2,92111985752,3235,946
Mid-East1,3104341716452,173
Mid-West1,03815183611,432
South-East1,25341404781,812
South-West1,67548596632,445
       
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND11,557362469655,51418,444
       
NORTHERN IRELAND16520151391304
BRITAIN67648769184984
ELSEWHERE52323491307948
       
   
Table 16 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by month and day of week of marriage
         
Month of occurrenceDay of occurrenceTotal
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
January2434547103212103555
February4312750142317187758
March244136531495384991,340
April58369672296085271,588
May238859902808415781,959
June367472732506708802,055
July2887821403138067862,242
August63109911365041,0941,0743,071
September379472793238678132,285
October275176732266746131,740
November94846521175464251,243
December5529551792635845171,844
         
Total3131,0447269392,8997,7577,00220,680
         
Table 17 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by form of ceremony and previous marital status of partners
Marriages contracted betweenForm of ceremony1Total
CatholicChurch of IrelandPresbyterianOther religious denominationsCivil marriages
Total12,921453721,1386,09620,680
       
Single men and single women12,639405698404,28818,241
Single men and widows23143765
Widowers and single women523743105
Widowers and widows19131639
Divorced men and single women105262148686967
Single men and divorced women641179554708
Divorced men and widows4144554
Widowers and divorced women8275471
Divorced men and divorced women73146373430
       
 
Table 18 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by county of residence and previous marital status of groom
     
Area of residence of groomSingle menWidowersDivorceesTotal
TOTAL19,0142151,45120,680
     
LEINSTER9,91911078610,815
     
Carlow223417244
Dublin City2,471251512,647
South Dublin1,0455851,135
Fingal1,111171031,231
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown796972877
Kildare822671899
Kilkenny343214359
Laois296723326
Longford129210141
Louth415534454
Meath674856738
Offaly284517306
Westmeath337223362
Wexford492456552
Wicklow481954544
MUNSTER4,215522984,565
     
Clare373426403
Cork City418331452
Cork County1,38024931,497
Kerry454434492
Limerick City192117210
Limerick County496335534
North Tipperary284115300
South Tipperary265721293
Waterford City142313158
Waterford County211213226
     
CONNACHT1,90515982,018
     
Galway City299211312
Galway County636435675
Leitrim11326121
Mayo422421447
Roscommon207113221
Sligo228212242
     
ULSTER (part of)888567960
     
Cavan234122257
Donegal478340521
Monaghan17615182
     
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:    
     
Border1,644141191,777
Midland1,04616731,135
West1,56411801,655
Dublin5,423564115,890
Mid-East1,977231812,181
Mid-West1,3459931,447
South-East1,676221341,832
South-West2,252311582,441
     
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND16,9271821,24918,358
     
NORTHERN IRELAND3151435364
BRITAIN9519771,037
ELSEWHERE8211090921
     
Table 19 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by county of residence and previous marital status of bride
Area of residence of brideSingle womenWidowsDivorceesTotal
TOTAL19,3131581,20920,680
     
LEINSTER10,0999066210,851
     
Carlow225313241
Dublin City2,497201652,682
South Dublin1,06314691,146
Fingal1,1615651,231
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown835943887
Kildare842960911
Kilkenny333317353
Laois294224320
Longford13519145
Louth442237481
Meath671541717
Offaly269518292
Westmeath330324357
Wexford507333543
Wicklow495644545
     
MUNSTER4,248482564,552
     
Clare381327411
Cork City438320461
Cork County1,38821881,497
Kerry455725487
Limerick City192215209
Limerick County509329541
North Tipperary253414271
South Tipperary274321298
Waterford City14217150
Waterford County216110227
     
CONNACHT1,9306862,022
     
Galway City32214336
Galway County641331675
Leitrim1195124
Mayo449214465
Roscommon190113204
Sligo2099218
     
ULSTER (part of)9584571,019
     
Cavan254123278
Donegal510328541
Monaghan1946200
     
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES:    
     
Border1,72861081,842
Midland1,02811751,114
West1,6026721,680
Dublin5,556483425,946
Mid-East2,008201452,173
Mid-West1,33512851,432
South-East1,697141011,812
South-West2,281311332,445
     
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND17,2351481,06118,444
     
NORTHERN IRELAND278125304
BRITAIN941340984
ELSEWHERE859683948
     
Table 20 Marriages in 2013 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 ages1012106103871141442303195388791,1981,5801,8762,0172,0251,6311,4131,1269187045354484273262032291531421411221138090303179897020,680
16 & under11
17315110
181528942150
1952216362 3 57
204181510443142111111163
21247637612221111147
226881315104571131111186
2344414152615955141111110
24141312212032171812116442111111 184
2554371623464844271511105651111221285
26335101421396910467362727167875231411121484
27278672337721341351115231311810955312111712
2834671115337811818823714810081403118119463124113211,166
29446310192756951802623091901267545281910773222121111,497
3054463131550881352263303452401377950252187422111,801
313521517276312916626733432717810654602820985322111,832
322317549255483159200281291256183836933201613532311111,814
331371419457099154201264205186145934731191186311222111,641
3422125448215473105143183173174175915939181917356321,391
35122711212044691031221511311139271363018156771121,083
36212728131639476699959985856736292991137442133874
37113291218263145627370817059453425195739112121718
38131317192137444967715672585041312513611621241694
392255141420252439535753514539392014934544313557
401132612101630214736473345394327179865911111478
4111145269151431313032413629332814151065541342418
421 115329810122225142616233632171413362422309
4311113355668581616231311141319281216910424263
4421111343761091211131715171226488773152216
4511212357811913131015136116512761352178
461212421097161081013610611994844572180
471113356879812241161288108574149
48212311433751061099979292161122
4911142272544996486556543114118
50-54212457867741314242221231720192524233085265444
55-59211113221347745591581717138051193281
60-641211111511312434546114143218171
65 & over112132514212431364159196
                                        
Table 21 Marriages in 2013 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 ages1012106101841111372173095238571,1701,5501,8201,9501,9571,5451,3061,0358046014363623232271451277967514237212256277718,241
16 & under11
17315110
181528942150
1952216362 357
20418151044214211158
2124763761222111146
226881315104561131182
23444141526158551311106
241413122120321718121154421 111180
255437152146484326151110455111112275
26335101421396910465362726156673221111121471
272786723377213313411052302915109443121699
28346711143378117187236147977938291610924111411,135
29445310192655941772613061881227442271967622111111,464
3054363131549861352253273442381357649241987321111,779
31342131626631281662633293241751045454251996322211,793
3222173482453831582002772842511778064291913134221,760
3312712164366971501962622001851408842241411552111,570
3422124447195471103139181167167170884836171514235111,327
351117102120416710012014712810887653030151052511,022
3611172812143741619687918179653028247103411112796
3711129101626314361696676625639312213562512656
3812121717203241456361506356453227221141131609
391243111319212333485144413932341512623222111466
4013261099271839284026382839181344333111374
41124158131225252329322823252511116533311325
42152275891620822142122241511313111222
43113143467461211177913101520775412180
441111226486871213131510153855121150
45112114459581071082753533112108
461112121848368847566623221199
471236464712735415222168
48111112438155433314455
494111133454123151312248
50-54111121323978846764758146114
55-5911211221113321310145
60-64112123624123
65 & over1111341618
                                        
Table 22 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by age and previous marital status of groom
     
AgeSingle MenWidowersDivorceesTotal
Total19,0142151,45120,680
     
Age of groom    
Under 20118118
20-244882490
25-294,1262164,144
30-348,3769948,479
35-393,726171833,926
40-441,414132571,684
45-4945122274747
50-5417620248444
55-596929183281
60 and over70103194367
     
Average age of groom33.658.548.634.9
     
Table 23 Marriages registered in 2013 classified by age and previous marital status of bride
     
AgeSingle womenWidowsDivorceesTotal
Total19,3131581,20920,680
     
Age of bride    
Under 20231231
20-248895894
25-296,022496,071
30-348,043101598,212
35-392,773162433,032
40-44817152211,053
45-4930815223546
50-5412526152303
55-59612494179
60 and over445263159
     
Average age of bride32.054.044.032.8
     
Table A Divorce, Judicial Separation and Nullity applications received and granted by the courts in year ending December 2013
        
  Divorce ApplicationsJudicial Separation ApplicationsNullity Applications
CourtCountyReceivedGrantedReceivedGrantedReceivedGranted
TOTAL 3,6092,9491,317824489
        
CIRCUIT COURT       
Leinster  2,1451,751703428204
        
CarlowCarlow41451614
DublinDublin1,3471,030440226161
NaasKildare11113650492
KilkennyKilkenny6774223011
PortlaoiseLaois55381171
LongfordLongford181772
DundalkLouth947427211
TrimMeath94943930
TullamoreOffaly457210141
MullingarWestmeath7536242
WexfordWexford110971822
WicklowWicklow88383911
        
Munster 96875637923373
        
EnnisClare100832926
CorkCork4252741807313
TraleeKerry977441294
LimerickLimerick13213048321
ClonmelTipperary12712153501
WaterfordWaterford87742823
        
Connacht 338266143101182
        
GalwayGalway1671247661141
Carrick on ShannonLeitrim1717691
CastlebarMayo746727181
RoscommonRoscommon42311272
SligoSligo38272261
        
Ulster 14715167421
        
CavanCavan26402016
LetterkennyDonegal83842413
MonaghanMonaghan382723131
  
TOTAL CIRCUIT COURT3,5982,9241,292804469
TOTAL HIGH COURT 112525202
TOTAL SUPREME COURT 
        
Source: Courts Service.      
Table 1A Civil Partnerships registered in 2013 classified by future area of residence of partners
    
Area of residence of partners All partnershipsMale partnershipsFemale partnerships
TOTAL338208130
    
LEINSTER24916386
    
Carlow11
Dublin City13910930
South Dublin25169
Fingal27918
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown221012
Kildare1055
Kilkenny431
Laois11
Longford
Louth422
Meath431
Offaly
Westmeath211
Wexford431
Wicklow615
    
MUNSTER512526
    
Clare633
Cork City734
Cork County18126
Kerry312
Limerick City624
Limerick County514
North Tipperary11
South Tipperary
Waterford City422
Waterford County11
    
CONNACHT1688
    
Galway City422
Galway County532
Leitrim
Mayo624
Roscommon11
Sligo
    
ULSTER (part of)11
    
Cavan
Donegal11
Monaghan
    
REGIONAL AUTHORITIES   
    
Border532
Midland312
West1688
Dublin21314469
Mid-East20911
Mid-West18612
South-East14104
South-West281612
    
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND317197120
    
OUTSIDE THE STATE211110
    
Table 2A Civil Partnerships registered in 2013 classified by previous civil status and average age of partners
      
TotalSingleWidows/WidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerAverage age of partner
      
676636137239.3
      
Table 2B Civil Partnerships registered in 2013 classified by previous civil status and average age of male partners
      
TotalSingle menWidowersDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerAverage age of male partner
      
416401112238.5
      
Table 2C Civil Partnerships registered in 2013 classified by previous civil status and average age of female partners
      
TotalSingle womenWidowsDivorceesFormer Civil PartnerAverage age of female partner
      
2602352540.6
      
Table 3A Civil Partnerships registered in 2013 classified by older partner's age and younger partner's relative age
            
All partnersTotal older partnersYounger partner
AgeUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
            
Older partner338129708559332911156
            
Under 20
20-2433
25-292811314
30-346973131
35-39635103513
40-44531811258
45-49382310158
50-54344266133
55-5925142738
60 and over2512121576
            
Table 4A Civil Partnerships registered in 2013 classified by older male partner's age and younger male partner's relative age
            
Male partnersTotal male partners Younger male partner
Age All agesUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over
            
Older male partner208204852401819461
            
Under 20
20-2411
25-2918108
30-344442020
35-3943472210
40-4431167143
45-492021674
50-542345581
55-59134162
60 and over1512121341
            
Table 5A Civil Partnerships registered in 2013 classified by older female partner's age and younger female partner's relative age           
                      
Female partnersTotal female partnersYounger female partner           
Ageall agesUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960 and over          
                      
Older female partner130192233191510795          
                      
Under 20          
20-2422          
25-2910136          
30-342531111          
35-392013133          
40-442224115          
45-49182484          
50-541121152          
55-591211136          
60 and over10235          
                      
Table 6A Civil Partnerships registered in 2013 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 Partnerships338216.214944.110029.66820.1
          
Male Partnerships208115.38641.35827.95325.5
          
Female partnerships130107.76348.54232.31511.5
          
          

Background Notes

Source

These statistics have been compiled from the marriage registration forms of all marriages registered in the Republic of Ireland in 2013.

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

Methodology

Where the weekday and month of a marriage are specified in this release, it refers to the date on which the marriage occurred. Note that some marriages registered in 2013 (and hence included in these statistics) occurred in years before 2012.

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 have been clasified under their respective relegions.   The usages of certain other Religious Bodies have been classified under 'other religious'. Marriages celebrated according to The Procedures of the Humanist Association, are included in the figure for Civil marriages. (Tables 1, 13, 14, 15 and 17 refer)

 

Standard Occupation Codes (SOC2010)

This classification is determined by a person’s occupation.  The men and women whose marriages were registered in 2012 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 
4 Administrative and secretarial occupations
3 Associate professional and Technical occupations
6 Caring, Leisure and Other service occupations
9 Elementary occupations 
1 Managers, Directors and Senior officials 
8 Process, Plant and Machine operatives
2 Professional occupations
7 Sales and Customer service occupations
5 Skilled trades occupations
0 Unemployed, Retired, Student and occupation unknown

 

Standard Occupational Classification Codes (SOC2010) (XLS 85KB)

Area of residence

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

Age specific marriage rates

The age specific marriage rates are calculated as follows:

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

Marriages/Civil Partnerships per 1,000 population

This is calculated for each year as follows:

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

NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions

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

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

EU-28 countries

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

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