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Dublin commuter spot has largest amount of greasy eateries per head of population in Ireland

David Kearns

Published 19/06/2015 | 14:52

McDonald's Big Mac meal Credit: David Paul Morris (Getty Images)
McDonald's Big Mac meal Credit: David Paul Morris (Getty Images)

A new food study has determined the fast food capital of Ireland, doing so by counting the number of greasy eateries per head of population.

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Claiming the top slot was Swords in North Dublin, which has at least one major fast food chain for every 4,102 people in the area.

Swords, with a population just shy of 37,000, was found to have three times the amount of fast food eateries as Bray, for example, which has only one McDonald’s, Domino’s and Subway serving a population of 31,872.

However, the towns of Drogheda (38,816 population) and Dundalk (37,818) were only slightly behind the number of outlets per head of population seen in Swords.

The outlets included in the study carried out by were McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Subway, Domino’s, and Costa.

Dublin City had, given its greater population, the greatest number of outlets with 96.


Top ten fast food towns in Ireland (per head of population):

  • Swords
  • Limerick
  • Cork City
  • Waterford
  • Dundalk
  • Galway
  • Dublin City
  • Drogheda
  • Navan
  • Bray

The study noted that while obesity and unhealthy eating habits do not get the same coverage as in England and Scotland, it cited recent research that suggested obesity in Ireland was higher than the European average.

“The advantage of fast food is that it provides a cheaper alternative to eating out in a restaurant,” said Dr Wayne, Head Practitioner at

“But in most cases, it isn’t at all healthier. Many of the products on offer are considerably higher in saturated fats, salt and sugar than the dishes you might cook at home.

“And it’s no secret that these are the main offenders when it comes rising cholesterol and blood pressure levels, as well as an increasing waistline.”

Around two thirds of Irish adult men and just over half of Irish adult women had a BMI of 25 or above, which is considered overweight.

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