The number of couples getting married in Ireland is once again on the rise after years of decline following the boom years.
Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were more than 20,700 marriages in Ireland last year — an increase of 4% from 2011.
During the boom years, the rate of marriages was at 5.2%. That rate had been steadily dropping since 2008 until a slight uptick last year. Currently, the marriage rate is at 4.5% per 1,000 of the population, a slight increase on the 4.3% rate in 2011.
There were also more divorces last year, with 2,892 divorces granted by the Circuit Court and the High Court last year - an increase of 73 from 2011.
The Irish Examiner reports that civil marriages accounted for nearly a third of pairings at 28%, while 68% of marriages were Roman Catholic ceremonies.