On The Move


This morning.

The Central Statistics Office released new figures in relation to the movement of the population within Ireland.

It reports:

In April 2016, 44% of the State’s total urban population lived in Dublin, while 11% lived in CorkSligo was the county with the biggest change in the rate of urbanisation, increasing from 37% to 40% over the five years.  Forty-one towns had a population of 10,000 or more, with 27 in Leinster, nine in Munster, three in Connacht and two in the three Ulster counties.  62.7% of the population lived in urban areas in April 2016.

37.3% of the population lived in rural areas in April 2016.  The largest rural population increase was in County Cork with 6,946 persons followed by Kildare which saw its rural population increase by 4,025 persons.

Drogheda, with a population of 40,956 (up 6.2% since April 2011) remained the largest town in Ireland.  Swords (39,248) and Dundalk (39,004) complete the top three.  Ennis (25,276 persons) remained the largest town in Munster.

Sligo with 19,199 persons was Connacht’s largest town, while Letterkenny (19,274 persons) was the largest town in the three Ulster counties.  The latter three towns experienced a slight decline in population since April 2011.

263,551 usual residents (aged one year and over) moved in the year up to April 2016, down 3.5% on the 2011 figure of 273,239.  Of these, 94,182 moved in Dublin, with 18,716 moving out of the county.  The top destinations were Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.  The number of households moving in the year up to April 2016 fell by 4% to 110,204.

Read the full report here

23 thoughts on “On The Move

  1. TheQ47

    Is there a difference between “town” and “city”? Because I’d think Galway is bigger than Sligo?

    1. Yeah, Ok

      A town is a town, whereas a city is a city. I don’t think it would be very newsworthy to tell us what cities are biggest in each province; it’s widely known.

    2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      In the old days I think that you had to have a cathedral and walls to qualify as a city. Not sure now.

        1. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

          Are you saying * insert name of perpetual nocturnal ramblings broadsheet regular here * is a city?

          1. Clampers Outside

            I think someone’s diagnosed Rotide of being mentally ill, and is getting offended at people laughing at this persons behaviour when someone in the internet diagnosed them with a mental illness.

            I too have been diagnosed similarly.

            Resistance is futile…. or something


    That cenus collection lot really are above their station… had the enumerator fella call back
    5 times looking for it.. told him it must have been my twin brother he was taking
    to, as I was at our time share in timbuktu.

    6th time around I had to tell him to sling his hook, in fairness I didn’t release the hounds until he had fighting chance of making it to the manor’s driveway gates

  3. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    That’s gas about Cork. No wonder nobody leaves it. It’s PERFECT.

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        Ah. We all come up in our 20s but most go back to settle down.

        1. bertie "The Inexplicable Pleasure" blenkinsop

          That’s like saying “I’ve been blissfully faithful to my wife for 40 years – apart from that 10 years I spent riding rings around meself “

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            They’re a ritualistic bunch. I like them, personally. The madness runs a bit freer down there.

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