New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show a rise in the average age of couples who are getting married in Ireland, together with an overall fall in marriage rates.
In 2010 the average of Irish grooms was 34.1 years, an increase of 0.1 years over the previous year.
In 1960 the average age of an Irish groom started to decrease and dropped from 30.9 years to a low of 26.2 by 1977.
A similar trend was evident for brides with an average age of 27.1 in 1960 falling to 24 in 1977, but rising to an average age of 32 in 2010.
The total number of marriages registered in 2010 was 20,594 compared with 21,627 in 2009. The marriage rate for 2010 was the lowest in the state since 1998.
Of the 20,594 marriages registered in 2010, there were 13,781 Roman Catholic marriage ceremonies (67%), 5,991 civil marriages (29%), 427 Church of Ireland ceremonies (2%).
The remaining 2% was made up of Presbyterian, Methodist, Jewish and other ceremonies.
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