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Martina Devlin: Women cross old class boundaries to find love

Published 15/12/2011 | 05:00

As the boom was getting "even more boomer" back in the days of prosperity, an unusual development happened in relationships. I know, all relationships are unusual at some level -- it's a mystery how people make them work.

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But in Ireland in recent years, a trend occurred which demonstrates exactly how the Bridget Jones generation has been keeping their love lives ticking. Necessity taught them the art of compromise.

Irish women realised they couldn't have their wedding cake and eat it; and rather than moulder sulkily like Miss Havisham, they found a solution. They have been busy falling in love and nesting across class lines. On paper, they have been marrying down.

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