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City dwellers are less likely to tie the knot


Deirdre Cullen

Deirdre Cullen

Deirdre Cullen

Ireland's city dwellers are the least likely to settle down in marriage as new Census figures show almost two-thirds of those in Dublin and Cork are single.

The latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures analysed by the Irish Independent show a significant difference in relationship status of those living in urban settings in comparison to the suburbs and countryside.

The Census data released focused on Small Area Populations (SAPS) - of which there were more than 8,000 nationwide.

Statistics were also provided for settlements and towns as well as the 31 administrative counties - meaning Dublin was split into four, with Cork carved up into two sections.

The figures revealed that 64pc of men living within Cork city are single along with 62pc of women.

Similarly, in the capital, 64pc of both sexes in Dublin city are single.

However, this compares quite differently with Dublin's other administrative areas, as Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin are all around the mid-50s when it comes to single life.

They come in at 55pc, 57pc and 58pc respectively - highlighting the divide between city and suburban life.


As far as marriage is concerned, it is people in Ireland's rural areas that are getting hitched the most regularly.

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In counties Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim 45pc of women and 42pc of men are married.

Meanwhile, the top counties for divorce rates are mainly along the east coast, with Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow and Waterford having rates at 3pc.

The data also delves into the smallest areas in the country through an interactive map.

Senior statistician at the CSO Deirdre Cullen said: "Today's results are available for the full set of 18,641 small areas, each of which generally covers between 80-120 households.

"The results provide an in-depth picture of the social and economic conditions of every community in Ireland.

"This data is an important national resource and is easily accessible and freely available for all to use."

This particular in-depth local data also showed a sharp rise in cyclists in Dublin city centre. The statistics revealed the number of cyclists making their way to work rose by some 43pc between 2011 and 2016.

The largest increase came around the Harold's Cross and Kimmage areas of Dublin.

CSO officials believe this is particularly down to a cycle route that was opened along the Grand Canal in Dublin. The route runs all the way from Portobello to Sheriff Street.

Meanwhile, the oldest mother to give birth in Ireland over the past decade was 54 years of age.

CSO figures have revealed the number of Irish mothers giving birth after the age of 45 has more than doubled over the past decade.

It shows an increasing number of Irish women are having babies after their 50th birthday, with the number going from just four in 2007 to 13 in 2016 although the highest number was 17 in 2015, according to the latest CSO figures.


The trend for older motherhood is bolstered by people living longer and new advances in fertility treatments with Irish women able to use healthy donor eggs of women in their 20s from countries like the Czech Republic, Spain and Ukraine to have a safer pregnancy in their late 40s and even at the age of 50.

New CSO figures show a sharp rise in the number of Irish women over the age of 45 giving birth - from 118 in 2007 to 295 in 2016.

Out of the 670 patients from Ireland over the past six years, 43pc were aged between 41 and 45.

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