Marriage in Ireland Today

We certainly have a rich and diverse story of Irish culture, heritage and experience. But marriage in 21st Century Ireland--looks quite different than it has at any other time in our history! Let’s think about the Irish experience of marriage--in European and International Contexts. We’ll meet some couples who have crossed various aspects of the “cultural divide.” And later, we’ll hear from some experts who’ve counselled couples from a vast array of religious and ethnic backgrounds. We think you’ll agree that Marriage in Ireland today can indeed by more challenging—but it can also be more exciting! This is part of our much larger series called, "Married to My Best Friend: It Takes More Than Luck to Make It Last!"

Episode 4 of 4 – Marriage In Ireland Today – More Challenging or More Exciting?

While any relationship will have its challenges; research shows that wedding vows do indeed make a difference for security and longevity.

In episode 4, we hear once again from Alan Morris, of Relationship Central Ireland. But we also asked three couples (who are preparing for marriage) to share their own opinions and views. What’s the message from your generation regarding the institution of marriage? And how do you personally view, “Till death do us part?”

Episode 3 of 4 – Marriage In Ireland Today – More Challenging or More Exciting?

In episode 3, we analyse the latest social research, cultural views, and the perceptions of the “permanence” of commitment in modern society. Professional counsellor Linda Wagner will examine:

  • the recent trends;
  • the rise of cohabitation;
  • and the impact that it’s having on the future of marriage.

We also hear what a random sample of the public had to say. We asked, “Do you think it’s OK for couples to live together before marriage? Why or Why Not?”…

Episode 2 of 4 – Marriage In Ireland Today – More Challenging or More Exciting?

In episode 2 of our series, we’re considering the realities of cross-cultural marriages in Ireland. We’ve heard first-hand from couples of various combinations:

  • Some who’ve married from different parts of Ireland;
  • Some of the “New Irish”—who were born in different countries—but not consider Ireland “home;”
  • And couples in which one partner is ethnically Irish; and the other partner is from some other part of the world.

We can certainly see that Ireland has changed in recent years; but the change certainly wasn’t instantaneous! Let’s get an overview of the history of cross-cultural (and cross-denominational) marriages. It’d also be good to look at some more of the present-day realities and considerations.

Episode 1 of 4 – Marriage In Ireland Today – More Challenging or More Exciting?

Cultural and denominational backgrounds do present issues of their own; but there are other issues that everyone who wants to get married—and stay that way–will face!