Single people hard to find in Portmarnock and in Malahide
Malahide has the lowest proportion of single people of any large town in Ireland.
Looking at towns with a population of 10,000 people or more, Malahide proved to be the most married and the least single town in the country.
Among the largest towns Malahide and Greystones had the lowest proportions of single people at 32.7 per cent and 33.3 per cent respectively.
And proving there must be something in the water along this stretch of Fingal coastline, Malahide's next-door neighbours in Portmarnock recorded the lowest proportion of single people in the country among small and medium sized towns.
Of the small and medium sized towns (population 1,500 - 10,000) Mountrath, Fethard and Lifford were the top three towns with the highest percentage of single people (46 - 48%).
While Rosslare, Portmarnock and Bearna had the lowest proportion of single people in small and medium sized towns.
In towns with a population of 10,000 or more had high rates of single people, in particular Maynooth and Sligo (both with large cohorts of students) had an excess of 50 per cent of their population who were single.
In all the large towns, men were more likely to be single than women. In Portlaoise the difference was highest with 3,915 (46%) single males out of 8,512 males aged 15 or over compared with 3,151 (39.8%) single females out of 7,916. There were similar differences in Clonmel and Athlone. In Balbriggan the proportion of single men (40.7%) and women (40.4%) was broadly similar.