Thursday 24 January 2019

Same-sex married life begins at 40 as hundreds tie knot

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Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Gay men were an average of age 40 years old when they got married last year, compared to 36 for grooms entering into an opposite sex marriage.

Brides entering a same-sex marriage were also 40 on average, compared to 34 for women entering into an opposite-sex marriage, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

It released its Marriages 2017 report yesterday, which showed that there were 22,021 marriages in Ireland last year, including 759 same-sex marriages.

The summer months of July and August were the most popular for weddings of opposite- sex couples.

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Saturday, August 5, was the most popular date last year for these couples.

September was the most popular month to wed for same sex couples.

Friday, September 1, was the most popular date for same-sex marriages last year.

The cooler months of January and February were the least popular.

Friday and Saturday continued to be the most popular days to "tie the knot" for opposite sex couples, while Thursday and Friday were the most favoured days to wed for same sex couples.

The CSO figures revealed that the number of couples choosing humanist and Spiritualist Union of Ireland ceremonies is increasing.

A humanist ceremony was the choice of 1,616 opposite sex, and 111 same-sex couples last year.

Some 1,083 opposite-sex couples and 76 same-sex couples opted for the Spiritual Union of Ireland ceremony.

Meanwhile, civil marriage ceremonies accounted for over two-thirds of same-sex marriages, while over a quarter (28pc) of opposite-sex couples chose a civil marriage ceremony.

But the Roman Catholic ceremony was the most popular choice among opposite-sex couples, with 11,219 opting for this ceremony.

Monaghan had the lowest average age for grooms at nearly 35, while Waterford County had the highest average age for grooms at nearly 38.

There were 2,510 marriages involving at least one divorced person last year.

Irish Independent

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