Following the success of Death and the Irish: a Miscellany (2016), this second
volume in the series 'Birth, Marriage and Death among the Irish' explores the
institution of marriage in Ireland from the seventh century to the present day.
In eighty articles written by seventy-five contributors, scholars from a range of
academic disciplines, including History, Art History, Celtic Studies, English
Literature, Theology, Sociology, Archival Studies, and Folklore, along with
practitioners working in both religious and humanist ministries, reflect on Irish
marriages over the centuries, both at home and among the Irish diaspora.
Topics covered include:
Early Irish law concerning marriage; secrets of the medieval Irish bed; why
romantic trysts in churches had become so common in the later Middle Ages;
16 th century Irish court cases concerning impotence, drunkenness, and dowries;
domestic violence in early modern Ireland; the ‘oldest bishop in Christendom’
and his eighteen-year-old wife; a case of bigamy among the Irish in 17 th century
Portugal; clandestine marriages; mixed marriages; a runaway romance in mid-
nineteenth-century Sydney; the 19 th century honeymoon; murder at a wedding in
Knocknamuckly in 1888; the tale of the aristocrat and the actress; marriages
during the First World War; marriage and the introduction of the children’s
allowance; marriage divination; marriage in Irish folklore; weddings among
Dublin’s 20 th century Jewish community; desertion and divorce ‘Irish-style’;
marriage among Presbyterian and Methodist communities in Ireland; weddings
and the Travelling community; finding one’s future spouse in the Farmer’s
Journal; the Woman’s Way guide to successful marriages in 1960s’ Ireland;
humanist weddings; the introduction of marriage equality; and much more.
This anthology will serve as an indispensable resource for anyone interested in
the social, cultural, religious and legal history of Ireland and will ensure that
you will never think of Irish marriage in the same way again.
Salvador Ryan is Professor of Ecclesiastical History at St Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Marriage and the Irish: A Miscellany
- ISBN: 9781916492226
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