Info From: GLEN Press Release 14th February 2012
People from All Counties in Ireland and from 58 Countries Worldwide Enter Irish Civil Partnerships in 2011
Celebrating St. Valentines Day and the love and commitment of same-sex couples, GLEN today publish the figures on the lesbian and gay couples who entered Civil Partnerships in Ireland in 2011.
The figures, provided by the General Registrars Office show that:
* 536 couples entered civil partnership in Ireland in the nine months from April 5th 2011, when civil partnership first became available
* the 1072 people entering an Irish Civil Partnership came from Ireland and 58 other countries throughout the world, including the UK, Brazil, the United States Poland and the Philippines.
* couples entering civil partnership live in every one of the 26 counties in Ireland
* people of all ages entered civil partnerships: most were aged between 41 and 50, followed by those aged between 31 and 40. 5 people were aged between 18 and 20 and 8 people were over 70 years of age.
* civil partnerships took place in 25 of the 26 counties in Ireland – all except Co. Clare.
These figures do not account for the many more hundreds of Irish citizens who were married or entered a civil partnership abroad whose marriages and civil partnerships are automatically recognised in Ireland as Civil Partnerships.
“These celebrations of civil partnership are taking place every day across Ireland. They are wonderful demonstrations of the love and commitment that lesbian and gay people have for each other, and of the support of their families, friends, neighbours and colleagues” said Kieran Rose, GLEN Chair
“Today, GLEN launch on their website www.glen.ie a wedding album featuring some of those couples. These pictures capture the joy and celebration of these momentous occasions for the couples, and also for all lesbian and gay people in Ireland”.
The current edition of GCN (Gay Community News) also features some of these couples: here’s what they had to say:
* “Our experience was one of huge support and love from family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues” said Richard and Paul
* “The power and importance of state recognition was a revelation” said Richard and Paul
* “We had four generations of our family present ranging in age from 6 months to 90 years. The most moving thing was having our dads stand beside us as our witnesses as we made our vows” said Teresa and Eleanor.
* “The reception at City Hall was our way of celebrating our relationship of 13 years with all our loved ones. The abiding memory of the day is one of happiness and being overwhelmed by the amount of goodwill, support and love we felt from all of the people who were there” said Des and Mike
LGBT Communities Fund: in partnership with LGBT Diversity, The Community Foundation will make small grants to groups working in the Republic of Ireland with and on behalf of the LGBT Community. Applications will be assessed four times per year. The closing dates for 2012 are the end of March, June, September and December.
For criteria and application forms please copy & paste the below link to your browser: