David McWilliams: The rise of the singleton has transformed Ireland

The reason for one of the biggest societal changes since the last pope’s visit has gone largely undocumented

A major economic issue for Ireland:   the “Pope’s Children” – those born around the time of the first pope’s visit – are the most single Irish generation ever. Photograph: Getty Images

A major economic issue for Ireland: the “Pope’s Children” – those born around the time of the first pope’s visit – are the most single Irish generation ever. Photograph: Getty Images

Over the past few years, I have had countless conversations with old friends, who ask, only half in jest, “Do you know any decent men for [such and such a woman]?”

On reflection, when I go through my net of available single straight friends – and exclude the drunks, the gamblers, the eejits, the bankrupts, the libertines or the plain odd – there are very few “decent” men available.

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