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Mother's Day stats: July most popular month for having babies and Leitrim has lowest number of births
Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan had the largest families with 2.19 children per family on average.

THE CENTRAL STATISTICS Office has shared some stats on Irish mammies to mark Mother’s Day.

It found that July is the most popular month for having babies while February is the least.

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There were 65,909 babies born in 2015 – 33,619 boys and 32,290 girls.

Dublin City had the highest number of births with 7,557 babies registered followed by Cork County with 6,057. Leitrim had the lowest number with 414 babies registered in 2015.


It also found that first time mothers in Ireland are getting older. The average age of a first time mother has increased from 27 in 2000 to 30 in 2015.

The average age of all mothers has also increased from 30 to 32 in the same time period.

There were 3,978 babies registered to women between 40 and 44 years in 2015 while a further 224 babies were registered to women 45 and over.

Census 2011 figures show that large families have not completely disappeared in Ireland.

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There were 64,248 families with four or more children and 16,646 families with five or more children – of which 4,845 families had six or more children.

Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan had the largest families with 2.19 children per family on average.

Those figures also found that 439,478 adult children were still living at home with a parent. Of those 180,703 were at work, 137,967 were students and 98,739 were unemployed.

Read: These are the four richest counties in Ireland>

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