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Irelands birth rate declined by 20% in the previous decade

Ireland’s baby boom is declining, with the birth rate dropping by 20% in the previous decade, according to the most recent numbers.

In 2022, there were 57,540 infants born in the state, a 1.5% decrease from 2021 data. A decade earlier, in 2012, 71,674 children were born from a reduced population base with about 500,000 fewer people residing in the state. The Celtic Tiger baby boom peaked in 2009, when 75,554 babies were born.

The yearly birth rate has declined in the recent decade, from 15.7 per 1,000 in 2012 to 11.3 per 1,000 last year, implying that little more than 11 infants will be born per 1,000 people in 2022.

The fertility rate in this century peaked at a little over 2.0 births per woman during the Celtic Tiger and has been progressively dropping since. It was 1.7 in 2022, much below the replacement norm of 2.1 kids per woman.

In 2022, the average age of first-time moms was 31.5 years, a 0.1-year decrease from 2021. In 2022, the average age of women for all births registered was 33.2 years, up from 33.3 years in 2021 and 31.9 years a decade earlier in 2012.

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