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More boys than girls born in Q3 2011

From the highest birth rate in Ireland to the average age of first time mothers, here’s what you need to know from the latest stats on births, deaths and marriages in Ireland.

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THE CSO HAS RELEASED its latest births, deaths and marriage stats which show a natural increase in the population (births minus deaths) for the third quarter of 2011 of 12,311 people.

This figure has decreased from 12,654 recorded in Q3 2010.

In April 2011, the population of the state stood at 4,588,252.

The CSO notes that the third quarter is the most popular time of the year for couples to marry, and says that 7,538 marriages were registered in Q3 2011. This was down slightly on the 7,787 registered for the same period of the previous year, and from the 8,050 registered in Q3 2009.

Here are the main births and deaths stats of Q3 2011:


  • 51 more births were registered in Q3 2011 (totalling 19,222 – 9,848 males and 9,374 females) than Q3 2010, and 23.3 per cent higher than in 2002
  • the 19,222 total recorded births for Q3 2011 gives an annual birth rate of 16.9 per 1,000 of the population
  • highest birth rate was recorded in Finglas, at 21.5 per 1,000 of population, while the lowest birth rate was recorded in Mayo, at 13 per 1,000 of population
  • the average age of mothers was 31.7 years (up 0.3 per cent on 2010); for first time mothers, the average age was 29.7 years
  • 7,514 births (or 39.3 per cent) were registered to first time mothers; 6,557 were registered to second time mothers
  • 6,543 (or 34 per cent) of births were registered as outside marriage


  • 6 per cent more deaths were registered in Q3 2011 than the year before, with a total of 6,911 deaths (3,575 males and 3,336 females)
  • this represents a death rate of 6 per 1,000 of population
  • 2,265 deaths (32.8%) were attributed to diseases of the heart and arteries, 31.3% were attributed to malignant cancers (neoplasms), 11.0% to lung (respiratory) diseases and 6.7% to external causes, including accidents, suicides and other external causes

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