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More couples to 'put a ring on it' after vote

Ring sales expected to surge

Daniel McDonald

Published 23/05/2015 | 16:51

The average groom last year was 35 years old and was marrying a bride two years his junior, aged 33
The average groom last year was 35 years old and was marrying a bride two years his junior, aged 33

Ring sales could surge in the wake of a probable landslide victory for the Yes campaign in the same-sex marriage referendum.

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Jewellers are predicting increased demand as the Irish people vote overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage.

“We would always have a consistent number of same-sex couples that would come to us for wedding and engagement rings,” said David McCormack of Weir Jewellers in Dublin.

“I expect that for today at least the majority of couples will be glued to the coverage of such a momentous occasion, but I would undoubtedly foresee a rise in sales in the near future.

“For now I expect for now people are basking in a renewed sense of belonging, but certainly we expect increased activity in the near future.”

It could be a pricey period, as experts at McDowell jewellers on O’Connell Street say that a pair of engagement rings for a male couple could start at about €1700.

The same rings for ladies start at about €495 each.

Reaction is continuing to pour in both at home and abroad, as Ireland looks certain to become the first country in history to ratify same-sex marriage by constitutional referendum.

Crowds are gathering around Dublin as people eagerly anticipate an official announcement.

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