Birth numbers increase
2,061 BORN LAST YEAR
THE number of births being registered in Kerry has shown a little increase in 2011, according to figures released by the Health Service Executive.
Last year, 2,061 births were registered in the county, 1,753 babies that were born in Kerry General Hospital (KGH), 297 babies born outside the county but registered in Kerry, and 11 home births.
And, though the total figure represents a slight increase on 2010 numbers – 1,732 babies born in KGH, 259 born outside the county and 11 home births – a total of 2,002, the number of births being registered in Kerry has fallen sharply since 2007 when a total of 2,334 babies' births were registered.
2009 was KGH's busiest year for births, with an average of 38 babies born each week for a total of 1,958.
2001 saw the most babies born outside Kerry but registered in the county with 926 registrations, over four times the rate in 2001, while 2007 was the year in which most home births were registered, almost three times 2010 and 2011 figures, with 27.
And, as for names, the most recent statistics released by the CSO showed that jack remains the most popular choice of name for boys in Kerry, while Ava and Emily were most popular for girls.