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Record increase in Dublin’s population, Drogheda could also be granted city status

Dublin: The latest census figures show population growth in five counties, including the capital city Dublin. The CSO said that the population of Dublin has increased by 260 percent so far. 

Dublin’s population has been increasing every year except for the 1860 census.

The CSO announced a year ago that the country’s population had surpassed five million. This was the first rise in 170 years. The report also points out that the population is growing in the Dublin region of the country. Dublin City alone now has a population of over twelve lakh people.

The report emphasises that Ireland’s historic exodus from west to east is still ongoing. The population report also shows no signs of a return to Conakry, Munster, or Ulster.

Five counties experienced significant population growth between 1851 and 2022. In addition to Dublin, Kildare’s population increased by 159 percent, Wicklow and Meath grew by 57 percent, and Louth by 30 percent.

Meanwhile, population declines occurred in some of the most densely populated counties. Mayo’s population has declined by 65 percent and Tipperary’s by 61 percent. Galway’s population fell by 37%, while Cork’s fell by 32%.

Leinster has the five most populous towns in the country in 2022: Drogheda, Dundalk, Swords, Navan, and Bray. There are over 30,000 people living here.

Drogheda, with 44,135 residents, and Dundalk, with 43,112, are the country’s two largest small towns. It is followed by Swords in Fingal, which has 40,776 people, Navan in Meath, which has 33,886 people, and Bray in Wicklow, which has 33,512 people.

Ennis, with a population of 27,923, is also beyond Leinster. Carlow, with a population of 27,351, is not far behind.

Kilkenny (27,184) and Naas (26,180), which replaced Newbridge, rounded out the top ten, followed by Tralee in western County Kerry with 26,079 people.

The figures also show that Dublin has the highest proportion of house and apartment movers. This demonstrates that despite the ravages of the epidemic, people did not leave the capital.

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