Saturday 10 December 2016

Revealed: The average age Irish men and women get married

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 16/04/2016 | 11:55

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Garda have made 11 arrests in a crackdown on so-called sham marriages

Irish people are getting married later than ever.

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New figures released yesterday show that the average age of Irish brides and grooms is the highest recorded to date, continuing a trend of people getting married later in life.

The marriage age for Irish men rose to 35 years in 2015, while Irish women are most likely to walk down the aisle after turning 33.

The results are in sharp contrast to the average marriage age in the 1960s and 70s, when most people were tying the knot in their twenties, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Marriage... treat it with respect and deference
Marriage... treat it with respect and deference

The lowest recorded marriage age was 26 for men and 24 for women in 1977.

Other findings from the survey show that men in county Carlow, Donegal, Monaghan and Roscommon tend to get married slightly younger, at an average age of 34.4 years.

The oldest brides come from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, with an average of 34.7 years.

At the other end of the scale, Waterford had the oldest newlyweds, with grooms at 36.7 years and brides at 31.5 years.

Garda have made 11 arrests in a crackdown on so-called sham marriages
Garda have made 11 arrests in a crackdown on so-called sham marriages

It seems everyone loves a summer wedding, with August proving the most popular month to get married for the fourth year in a row.

Traditional religious ceremonies are still the preferred option for 66pc of marriages, but for older couples, civil marriage ceremonies are more common.

A reported 58.2pc of grooms and 63.4pc of brides aged 45 and over opted for a civil ceremony.

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