(Blogmensgo, gay blog of April 23, 2016) According to the definitive Irish statistics data published on April 15, 2016, 47 gay and 44 lesbian couples got married last year in Ireland, which comes to a total number of 91 same-sex marriages during the short period between November, 16 and December, 31.
Furthermore, the figures of the Irish Central Statistics Office (CSO) show 250 gay and 126 lesbian civil partnerships for the calendar year 2015, which yields a total number of 376 same-sex partnerships.
There were 91 same-sex marriages in Ireland in 2015, of a total of 22,025.
(Apparently, no same-sex couples were divorced in 2015.)
Extrapolated to the whole year, the number of same-sex marriages would correspond to about 637 marriages, compared to 376 civil partnerships, which means there are about twice as many marriages as partnerships. However, the periods of civil partnerships and marriages do not overlap because with the legalization of homosexual marriages, no same-sex partnerships were registered. Previously registered partners were allowed to automatically transform their partnership into a marriage.
This rather theoretical comparison is not completely conclusive, for the following reasons: Firstly, many same-sex partners had been waiting for the legalization of same-sex marriage without registering their partnerships, and secondly, upcoming holiday season may have led to a “Christmas wedding wave.”
In 2015, 78,2% of same-sex partnerships were registered in the province of Leinster and about 66% in the region of Dublin.