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INCORE guide to Internet sources on Mixed Marriages
Version 2/07 (Updated by Georgina Owens - 04,2007)

Inclusion in this guide does not imply an endorsement by INCORE of the views expressed in any of these sources. If you have a complaint about this guide or believe that we have omitted a relevant source please read our information about the guides before writing to us. You may find that this will answer some of your questions. This includes a warning about the type of information included in the guide, information about our 'criteria for inclusion' in the guides and about our 'updating and additions policy'.

Academic Articles
News Articles
Various Other Articles
Non Governmental Organisations
Charts and Statistics
Other Sources
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Although it would appear as though there is an increasing amount of mixed marriages throughout the world, there is still little information available. The intention of this guide is to provide as much information as possible with the resources available on the Internet. We will update this guide as more information is accessible to us.
Mixed marriages include those marriages that reach across otherwise "restricted" race, religious, and community boundaries set up by society, churches, and culture. Interchurch boundaries deal with both Christian-Christian (eg. Protestant-Catholic) and also Christian-Non Christian (eg. Methodist-Muslim) marriages.
INCORE researchers are interested in mixed marriages across divided societies on a comparative basis. If anyone is interested in submitting a paper and/or exhibit involving mixed marriages please contact Gillian Robinson at gillian@incore.ulst.ac.uk

              Academic Articles

           Northern Ireland

  • Mixed Marriages in Northern Ireland  

Looks at a whole range of past research findings on this subject and investigates the social and institutional context within which mixed (,or inter-faith) marriage exist and survive in Northern Ireland. Focuses on the problems and difficulties created for mixed couples with regard to religion, education and housing. Morgan, Valerie; Smyth, Marie; Robinson, Gillian and Fraser, Grace (University of Ulster, Coleraine) (1996) http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/csc/reports/mixed.htm

  • Contact and conflict in Northern Ireland

Explores the theory that conflict can be reduced by bringing together people from opposing groups. Also looks at segregation of religion, residence, marriage and education in Northern Ireland and how it establishes and maintains conflict. Niens, U., Cairns, E. & Hewstone, M. (2003) In O. Hargie & D. Dickson (Eds.), Researching the Troubles: Social science perspectives on the Northern Ireland conflict (pp. 123-40). 


Considers the relationship between census data on religious affiliation and the ethnic structure of Northern Ireland. Doherty, Paul; Poole, Michael Irish Geography, Volume 35(2), 2002,75-89 http://www.ucd.ie/gsi/pdf/35-1/ethnic.pdf

       News Articles


  • South Carolina Removes Ban on Interracial Marriage
    CNN reports that a clause in the state constitution that bans interracial marriage has finally been removed. Although the public did not have the chance to vote on whether or not it should be removed, there is a poll included in the article showing where people stand on the issue. (3 November 1998) CNN Politics

Women in Liverpool involved in controversial mixed marriages between catholic and protestants in the early twentieth century speak about their experiences. (13 June 2002) Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/10_06_02/thursday/info5.shtml

Catholic cardinals warn Italian women about mixed marriages with Muslims in country http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4559990.stm (26 December 2005) BBC World

Reports on the prevalence of mixed marriages in Iraq between the three major Muslim sects, Sunni, Shia, and Kurd. (13 March 2006) Newsweek

According to a 2006 survey both Mixed marriages and divorce are on the rise in China. (26 March 2007) Chine-Informations.com

      Northern Ireland

According to new research Mixed Marriages between Catholics and Protestants are becoming more tolerated. (26 November 2001) BBC News  

Authorities are to create new estates in which Protestants and Catholics will live alongside each other. (06 April 2004) David McKittrik The Independent

An interview with Ronnie McQuillan, a Protestant married to a Catholic. (28 March 2007) Eyewitness, BBC     http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/learning/eyewitness/sectarian/voices/mcquillan.shtml

Community drama groups in Northern Ireland from across the religious divide came together shortly after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement to write a play about the contentious issue of mixed marriage. (28 March 2007) Eyewitness, BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/learning/eyewitness/better/wedding/index.shtml

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          Various Other Articles

A BBC guide to Catholic Weddings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/ritesrituals/weddings_2.shtml


A BBC guide to the Church of England. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/cofe/cofe_1.shtml

A Wikipedia guide to inter-religious marriage.

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Non Governmental Organisations


Resources on interchurch marriages, including links to interchurch websites worldwide.

  • Church of Northern Ireland Marriage Council


  • Interfaith Marriage Network

Offers resources, information and insight into interfaith marriages in Britain.


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Charts and Statistics

A research update drawing on data from the Northern Ireland Life and Time Survey and Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Survey to explore social attitudes of members of the Church of Ireland community across Northern Ireland (January 2004) ARK


  • ARK Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey


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Other Sources

  • J.J Sexton and Richard O'Leary (1996) 'An Analysis of the factors affecting the decline in the population of the minority religious communities in the Republic of Ireland' in Building Trust in Ireland: Studies Commissioned by the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
  • Richard O'Leary (1999) 'Change in the rate and pattern of religious intermarriage in the Republic of Ireland', Economic and Social Review, 30, 2 pp119-132
  • ,R.O'Leary, (2000) 'Religious intermarriage in Dublin : the importance of status boundaries between religious groups' Review of Religious Research ,41, 4. pp471-487.
  • R.O'Leary, (2000) 'Inter-Church Communion: The divergence of doctrine and practice' Studies, 89, 353. pp54-62.
  • Fjalar Finnas and R.O'Leary (2003) 'Choosing for the Children: The affiliation of the children in minority-majority group intermarriage' European Sociological Review, 19, 5, pp483-499
  • Cadwallader, Anne (2001) ‘Mixed couples defy decades of N. Irish discord.Christian Science Monitor, 08827729, 12/13/2001, Vol. 94, Issue 15
  • Mitchell, Claire (2006)Religion Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland: Boundaries of Belonging and Belief’ Ashgate Press  

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