Marriage rates Irish population Irish Famine Demographics
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Connell, K. H. 'Marriage in Ireland after the famine: the diffusion of the match'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XVIX, 1955/1956, pp82-103
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XVIX, 1955/1956
Of all the casualties of Irish social life in the decades after the Famine, one of the most significant was marriage of the kind which had become all but universal in peasant families. Many of the characteristics of social and economic life in the two generations before the Famine depended on the readiness with which men and women, in their early twenties or younger, could arrange to marry,
giving hardly a thought to their future source of income. The conventional standard of living was low, but few needed to doubt their ability to provide it for a growing family. The marriages that followed
engagements so spontaneous were youthful and general. They were the immediate cause of the doubling of population in little more than half a century.
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