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Friday 9 December 2016

Some areas bucking the trend of rural decline

Laura Larkin

Published 15/07/2016 | 02:30

While three counties, Donegal, Sligo and Mayo, showed declines in their population, some towns in the west showed a jump in their population. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile
While three counties, Donegal, Sligo and Mayo, showed declines in their population, some towns in the west showed a jump in their population. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

The "east-west divide" between booming populations on the eastern seaboard and urban areas and rural communities in the west of the country has not been borne out everywhere.

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While three counties, Donegal, Sligo and Mayo, showed declines in their population, some towns in the west showed a jump in their population.

Big employers, good connections to urban centralism, tourism and a higher quality of life have all been suggested as possible drivers of this.

Among the outliers are Mallow which grew by 2.5pc, Macroom which grew by 5.1pc and Killarney which grew by 10pc in the Killarney Town electoral division.

Elsewhere, Loughrea in Co Galway saw a similarly high increase of 9.5pc and Westport saw a jump of 6.3pc, while Co Mayo dipped overall.

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