Weddings are on the rise but the baby boom's over
Wedding bells are ringing with gusto in Ireland as the number of marriages rose steadily last year.
Nuptials are up 6.6pc to 22,033 in 2014, according to the Annual Report of the Registrar General.
Traditional church weddings are still the preferred choice for most Irish couples, with 14,972 getting hitched in a chapel but the number of religious marriages fell from about 71pc of the total in 2009 to 68pc last year.
"There has been a marked increase in the number of civil marriages over a lengthy period," the report said.
In a breakdown, the statistics show that 4,195 of civil marriages took place at a registrar's office, while 1,972 took place at an outside venue. In 1996, there were just 928 civil marriages.
Meanwhile, 67,750 births were registered - with the Registrar noting that the growth in births over the past decade-and-a-half has been "very substantial".
However, the figures are confirmation that the baby boom period is over - with the declines of 2012, 2013 and 2014 being "very substantial".
The number of births last year was 11pc less than the most fertile year, 2008. The number of adoptions registered listed at just 112.
Deaths remained relatively static in 2014, with 29,638 deaths registered.