The average age of Irish brides and grooms in opposite sex unions is increasing.
According to new figures released by the Central Statistics Office, the average age of a male in such marriages was 36.1 years in 2017 compared to 35.7 in 2016 while the average age of a female in opposite sex unions was 34.1 last year, up from 33.8 the year previously.
Conversely, those engaging in same sex marriages are getting younger. In this instance, the average age of males was 40.3 in 2017 which is down slightly from 40.5 in 2016. Females in same sex marriages were on average 40.5 years old in 2017 compared to 41.0 years old in 2016.
In total there were 759 same sex marriages in 2017, down significantly from 1,056 in 2016. The male/female breakdown is depicted in the graphic below.
Just over half of the marriages in 2017 were Roman Catholic ceremonies, with next highest being civil marriages with 29.1%.
For a full list of statistics on marriages in Ireland in 2017, click here.