Twenty four same sex couple who planned to live in county Kildare registered their marriages in 2017, according to new figures on marriage from the Central Statistics Office.
Two thirds of them (16) were female marriages, one of the highest proportion of female same sex marriages in the State, where 45% of same sex marriages are between females.
The CSO said that nationally there were 759 same sex marriages (3.4% of all marriages) in 2017, of which 424 were male unions and 335 (45.5%) were female unions.
It also said the average age of male partners in same sex marriages was 40.3 and the average age of female partners was slightly higher at 40.5.
In 2016, Roman Catholic ceremonies comprised 55% of all marriage ceremonies in county Kildare. There were 1,088 ceremonies, slightly down on the 1,091 in 2015, and 463 were Roman Catholic.
The next largest proportion was civil marriages.
There were 261 of these, representing 32% of all, and increase on the 250 in 2015 but down on the 277 in 2014. The number of humanist ceremonies rose from 115 to 125 (11% of total) between 2015 and 2016 and 108 or 10%, were conducted by The Spiritualist Union of Ireland. There were 28 Church of Ireland (3%) and two Presbyterian marriages recorded as well 101 (9%) for “other religious” groups.
The average age of marriage for Kildare grooms and bridge had been edging upwards slightly since 2012.
It 2016, it was 35.8 for grooms (34.7 in 2012) and 33.7 for brides (32.5 in 2012).
The figures point to a drop in Roman Catholic ceremonies.
They represented 75% of all ceremonies in 2002, 67% in 2007 and 59% in 2017.
The number of all marriages (opposite and same sex) registered in 2017 was 22,021 which equates to a crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of 4.6 per 1,000 population, 0.2 less than the 2016 rate. This is 605 marriages less than in 2016 when 22,626 marriages took place. Same sex marriages accounted for 3.4% of all marriages in 2017.