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81% Increase On The Number Of People Saying "I Do"

However, this figure is less than in 2019.

The number of couples who got married last year skyrocketed compared to 2020, but was still below pre-pandemic levels.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show 17,217 marriages happened in 2021, up 81% on the previous year.

However the figure for 2019 was well over 20,000. 

Parish Priest in Abbeyleix, Father Paddy Byrne, expects couples to make up for lost time this summer:

The average age at which a couple chooses to get married is continuing to rise.

Last year, grooms were around 37 and brides were 35 on average - with same sex couples around 40 years of age. 

That compares to opposite sex weddings in 2002 where brides were 30 and grooms were 33 on average - same sex weddings weren't permitted then.

Father Byrne says the housing crisis is one reason why couples choose to wait longer;

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