She recounts a story of an Indian man who was scolded on the street by a white man with the words: “How dare you take our women.” “It speaks to the fact that this Indian man is very threatening because he’s come from outside and ‘married one of our own’,” King-O’Riain says.
“There’s a whole thing about ownership and possession there which is very strange.
In those rural towns word gets around and you become the subject of the town.
“I’ve had a drunk guy in a restaurant come up to me and my partner at one point and say, ‘Congratulations, I really admire what you’re doing.’” Getting a clear picture of the number of interracial relationships in this country is difficult.
Census data tells us little about race, but it does show that inter-cultural marriages have gradually increased.
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.
These statistics do not directly address race, nor do they cover same-sex wedlock, but they go some way to affirming that interracial marriage remains relatively rare.