Black male dating statistics
“A lot of white people in particular don’t see it as normal.
In 1971, 96 per cent of all 17- to 64-year-olds who married did so to another Irish person. When Irish men and women marry someone who isn’t Irish, the majority wed people from the UK.
Speaking to the couples themselves reveals that such unions face distinct challenges.
“People don’t see interracial relationships as ‘normal’, even if people wouldn’t directly go up to your face and attack you,” says Chess Law, a 19-year-old student from Ballymena whose parents are originally from Shanghai and Hong Kong.
His voice quivers and cracks as he describes a doomed romance with a woman in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
He was a youthful black man who had moved to Ireland from Nigeria when he was nine. From the moment their union was forged, the young lovers’ came under a hydraulic press of neighbourhood gossip, disapproving friends and constant sideways glances.