Jul 24, 2007

Irish Census Figures 2006

The census figures for 2006 have been broken down to show which nationalities live in the larger towns (poulation over 1500). It makes interesting reading.
Overall - 11.24% of the population are not Irish (457000 out of a pupulation of 4.06 million).
The town of Clogherhead in Louth has no Asians (but they have a Chinese restaurant?)
The town of Gort has 40% non-irish - mainly Brazilians (900 of them)
The second in the list of towns with the most immigrants is Ballyhaunis in County Mayo - 36% foreign nationals there.
The town with the least foreign nationals is Clara in Kildare - with just 5.29% (156 people) - but 45 didn't state nationality - so the figures could be wrong.
The town with the lowest number of non irish is Portrane in County Dublin - with just 88 non irish (6 people didn't state what nationality they were).
The town with the highest percentage of Asians is Ballyhaunis Co mayo (just under 10%) - the next highest is Ballaghadereen in Mayo too - with 7.5%. The presence of asylum seeker hostels in both these towns might be a contributory factor.

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