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Change in the Rate and Pattern of Religious Intermarriage in the Republic of Ireland


  • Richard O'Leary

    (Nuffield College, Oxford)


Earlier attempts to estimate the rate and to establish the patterns of religious intermarriage in the Republic of Ireland have been limited by a lack of data. This paper presents new findings on intermarriage using previously unavailable Census of Population and survey data. In addition, it is argued that post-Vatican II changes in Roman Catholic Church teaching on intermarriage have had an observable impact on intermarriages with respect to the types of wedding ceremony and conversions.

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  • Richard O'Leary, 1999. "Change in the Rate and Pattern of Religious Intermarriage in the Republic of Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 30(2), pages 119-132.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:30:y:1999:i:2:p:119-132

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    1. Brendan M. Walsh, 1970. "Religion and demographic behaviour in Ireland," Open Access publications 10197/1487, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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    1. Fernihough, Alan & Ó Gráda, Cormac & Walsh, Brendan M., 2015. "Intermarriage in a divided society: Ireland a century ago," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 1-14.

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