Tying the knot is great - for the minority who can afford it
Did you see those lovely wedding pictures of happy, smiling Jerry Hall with her new groom, media magnate Rupert Murdoch? Apparently, the marriage is blissful and it's halcyon days for all concerned.
Wonderful. But is the image of Jerry and Rupert the very emblem and symbol of heterosexual marriage as it is shaping up today? That's to say - predominantly, an arrangement favoured by the wealthy and the better-off?
That is one of the conclusions of the Iona Institute's latest survey, 'Mind the Gap'. In Ireland, as elsewhere, the social trend is that the better-off get married, while those who are poorer do not. A wedding is the norm in the Rathgar and Clontarf areas in Dublin, but a minority pursuit in Tallaght; all the rage in Galway's 'Snob Hill' - Taylor's Hill - and lovely, swish Rockbarton, but unlikely in Nun's Island. The pattern is the same in Cork, where in the more affluent areas, marriage is at 60pc of the population, while it's only at 17pc in Shandon and South Gate.