Civil marriage relatively popular in Kildare say new figures

Kildare grooms older on average

Henry Bauress

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Civil marriage relatively popular in Kildare say new figures

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 Almost 30% of  opposite sex marriages registered  in Kildare last year were civil marriages, according to the Marriages 2018 report compiled by the Central Statistics Office, published April 10.

The CSO said that nationally although the average age of grooms in an opposite-sex marriage was at its highest to date at 36.4 years, the average age of men in a same-sex marriage was higher at 40.1 years.

In Kildare, the average age of an opposite sex marriage groom was 36.7 years.

There was also a higher proportion of Kildare marriages, 90.2%,  compared to elsewhere, where the groom and the bride were both living in Kildare.

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Nationally,   the average age of brides in an opposite-sex marriage was 34.4 in 2018, while the comparable age for women in a same-sex marriage was 38.7 years.

Of the 977 opposite sex marriages in Kildare 35% were Roman Catholic, compared to 49% for the State as a whole.

Another 28% in the county  were civil marriages.

Nationally, civil marriage ceremonies accounted for almost two-thirds (62.8%) of same-sex marriages, while over a quarter (28.7%) of opposite-sex couples chose a civil marriage ceremony.

 

County Kildare recorded the fifth highest number of opposite sex marriages last year after Dublin city, 2,677, Cork county, 1469, Meath, 1,271 and Wicklow, 995.

The CSO said Friday and Saturday continue to be the most popular days to ‘tie the knot’ for opposite-sex couples, while Friday was the most favoured day to wed for same-sex couples.