Waiting and dating: Why the average age for Irish newlyweds continues to rise

By Aoife Kearns, Sian Abraham Long, Aidan Coyle, and Luke Toomey

Ireland has changed a lot in the last 30 years. There is no doubt the country is a much different place than it was back then. We have become more diverse and multicultural, we are more aware of the issues facing the environment and we are getting married later.

The average age people are getting married in Ireland has risen continuously since the 1980s. In 2019, the Central Statistics Office revealed the average age for men is 36 and the average age for women is 34. For same sex couples it is even higher with the average age being over 40 for men and just under 39 for women.

In the 1980s, both men and women were tying the knot in their mid-twenties. The considerable increase in age shows how the role of marriage has changed in Ireland.

Are people surprised by this statistic? What are the main factors driving this trend? How has the significance of marriage changed over the years? Well, TheCity.ie took to the streets of Dublin to find out what people think about marriage in Ireland in 2019.

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