Vast majority of Mayo couples opt for Catholic ceremony

The vast majority of couples in Mayo are still opting for Catholic marriage services and do not venture too far from home when it comes to finding their other halves.

That is according to a new report from the Central Statistics Office on marriages in Ireland.

The report showed that last year there were 744 marriages registered in Mayo and 85 per cent of them were Catholic services, far above the national average of 59.3 per cent.

There were 82 civil services in the county and 10 services performed by the Humanist Association.

Some 85 per cent of brides and grooms nationally, who listed Mayo as their area of residence, married partners with the same area of residence.

The average age of a Mayo groom last year was just over 34, slightly below the national average of 35.

The average age of Mayo brides was 32 and a half, again, slightly lower than the national average age of 33.

The CSO figures showed brides and grooms are, on average, almost 10 years older than couples getting married in the 1970s.

There were just four same-sex civil partnerships registered by Mayo couples in 2014. Three were male partnerships and one female.

The CSO data on divorce and separation related to the year 2013.

It showed 67 divorce applications were granted in Mayo in 2013 and 18 judicial separations. Just one nullity application was received in the year, and none granted.

The CSO research indicated that Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular days to get married in Ireland with more than 70 per cent of marriages falling on these days.

Sunday is the least popular day, when just 1.8 per cent of couples get married.

The most popular month to marry is August.

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