Read time: 5 Minutes Marriage in Ireland has changed a lot over the years. Not only is it now legal for same sex couples to wed, but figures show that the way men and women approach marriage in 2017 is vastly different to our view of the institution just a few decades ago. In Ireland, there are approximately 22,000 marriages per year, with a rate of 4.8 per 1,000 population tying the knot annually. Although this seems like a large number, it’s quite a drop from 1973 when the marriage rate stood at 7.42. The most notable in change is in how long we’re waiting to get married. Nowadays, the average age of a first-time bride and groom being 33 and 35. That’s a sharp increase from the seventies when the average ages were 24 and 26, respectively. Same sex marriages make up almost 5% of all marriages and religious ceremonies account for just under 65% of marriages. So as the numbers continue to change, we’ve talked to a number of Irish women, of varying relationships …
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