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This chapter contains statistics on births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and babies' names which are compiled by the Central Statistics Office on behalf of the Minister for Social Protection.  Data for births and deaths from 2010 to 2013 is final.  Data for 2014 and 2015 is provisional and subject to change.  All marriage data, babies' names and civil partnership data is final.

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1.1 Births by age of mother at maternity
 
              
 Total births Births outside marriage/civil partnership
         
Age201020112012201320142015 201020112012201320142015
              
            
15 and under473627282342 473627272341
16-191,99616541,5891,3521,2301,145 1,8091,5041,4321,1871,0771,017
20-248,0877,3216,8906,3906,0165,732 6,3265,9045,5725,2734,9854,697
25-2917,81616,69315,30813,90313,19912,403 8,0137,8927,5937,2277,3557,047
30-3426,09126,76426,02825,38524,85023,856 5,5705,9566,3146,3476,4776,397
35-3917,48417,72617,81917,89218,06418,527 2,8372,9923,3133,3673,5863,745
40-443,4593,6583,7923,7783,8293,978 710775863862906975
45 and over172169215226248224 482863638070
Age not stated2212632 124211
All ages75,17474,03371,67468,95467,46265,909 25,37225,09125,17924,35324,49023,990
Source: CSO

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There were 65,909 births registered in 2015, 1,553 fewer births compared with 2014.  There were 23,990 births registered as outside marriage, accounting for 36.4% of all births.   Over 64% of the 65,909 births registered in 2015 were to women aged between 30 and 39.

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1.2 Deaths classified by cause and rates, per 100,000 population
 
Number of deaths Death rates per 100,000
Cause of death201020112012201320142015 201020112012201320142015
         
Infectious and parasitic diseases257235223245297366 5.65.14.95.36.47.9
Malignant neoplasms8,1358,6668,5718,7258,8808,783 178.6189.4186.9190.0192.6189.5
Diseases of the circulatory system9,5949,2369,4809,4738,8999,249 210.6201.9206.7206.2193.1199.5
Diseases of the respiratory system3,2803,4383,4973,5043,3883,793 72.075.176.376.373.581.8
Diseases of the digestive system1,1401,0481,1581,0691,052956 25.022.925.323.322.820.6
External causes of injury and poisoning1,6601,6931,5771,4911,5601,439 36.437.034.432.533.831.0
of which:              
    Suicide495554541487459451 10.912.111.810.610.09.7
Other3,8954,1404,6804,9975,0195,366 85.590.5102.1108.8108.9115.8
Total deaths27,96128,45629,18629,50429,09529,952 613.9622.0636.6642.4631.2646.2
Source: CSO

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There were 29,952 deaths registered in 2015.  Of these, malignant neoplasms and diseases of the circulatory system account for over 60% of all deaths.

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1.3 Summary data for marriages 2005-2015
 
  20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
State 21,35522,08922,75622,18721,62720,59419,85520,71320,68022,04522,116
of which:             
Same-sex marriage91
             
Marriages per 1,000 population5.25.25.24.94.84.54.34.54.54.84.8
             
Average age of groom33.133.233.433.834.034.134.634.734.935.035.3
             
Average age of bride31.031.231.331.731.832.032.532.632.833.033.2
             
Percentage of marriages by:%%%%%%%%%%%
  age of groom
  Under 20 0.50.60.50.50.50.50.50.50.60.40.4
  20-24 4.84.74.03.03.33.02.32.52.42.32.4
  25-29 30.329.429.127.727.225.422.421.820.019.718.5
  30-34 37.037.037.537.536.838.339.739.841.040.539.7
  35-39 14.715.716.317.017.317.818.618.819.019.720.6
  Over 40 12.612.712.714.114.915.016.516.617.017.318.4
             
Percentage of marriages by:%%%%%%%%%%%
  age of bride
  Under 20 1.21.41.10.91.31.41.11.11.11.11.1
  20-24 9.68.67.86.87.25.74.94.74.34.44.0
  25-29 39.739.039.438.136.034.932.631.329.428.727.2
  30-34 31.532.132.433.633.836.237.638.739.739.540.4
  35-39 10.311.111.411.912.112.613.513.614.714.815.1
  Over 40 7.67.97.88.79.69.310.310.510.811.512.2
             
Form of ceremony           
  Roman Catholic15,86716,21116,85415,97814,62413,78113,15613,49712,92113,07212,486
  Church of Ireland553530526534447427448433453445393
  Presbyterian 119161176160111896784728173
  Methodist 1726203221271519252726
  Jewish 5215111
  Other religious3232331842052794018831,112538804
  Civil marriages4,7625,1275,1465,2996,2145,9915,7685,7976,0966,1676,156
  Humanist Association8951,264
  Spiritualist Union of Ireland819822
             
Country of future residence          
outside Republic of Ireland1,8901,9171,7981,9091,8351,7621,8432,0652,3162,6682,845
  Northern Ireland257346330367362289304318319432421
  England and Wales99093291598189981084692594710581,117
  Scotland 6784759586769264807497
  Europe (remainder)129115113114124146139148152157150
  U.S.A 281248211165158164169176198192214
  Elsewhere 166192154187206277293434620755846
  Not stated 49121111
             
Percentage of marriages with %%%%%%%%%%
country of residence outside%
Republic of Ireland8.98.77.98.68.58.69.310.011.212.112.9
Source: CSO

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There were 22,116 marriages in 2015, including 91 same-sex marriages.  This is the highest number since 2008, when 22,187 marriages were registered.  The average age of brides and grooms continues to rise.  In 2015, the average age of grooms and brides was 35.3 years and 33.2 years respectively, the highest recorded to date.

X-axis labelMarriages by form of ceremony, 2015
Roman
Catholic
56.5
Civil
Marriages
28.2
Humanist
Association
5.7
Spiritualist
Union
3.7
Other
Religious
4.1
Church of Ireland1.8
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1.4 Civil Partnerships registered in 2015 classified by future area of residence of partners
 
Area of residence of partnersAll partnershipsMale partnershipsFemale partnerships
Total376250126
    
Leinster29420589
Carlow
Dublin City19915346
South Dublin1385
Fingal211110
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown1587
Kildare13310
Kilkenny312
Laois22
Longford11
Louth871
Meath752
Offaly11
Westmeath11
Wexford523
Wicklow532
 
Munster401921
Clare211
Cork City633
Cork County15411
Kerry211
Limerick City541
Limerick County211
North Tipperary
South Tipperary211
Waterford City211
Waterford County431
    
Connacht18108
Galway City743
Galway County844
Leitrim
Mayo211
Roscommon
Sligo11
    
Ulster (part of)211
Cavan
Donegal211
Monaghan
    
Regional Authorities   
Border1192
Midland541
West1798
Dublin24818068
Mid-East251114
Mid-West963
South-East1688
South-West23815
    
Republic of Ireland354235119
    
Outside the State22157
Source: CSO
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There were 376 civil partnership ceremonies in 2015, 250 male unions and 126 female unions.  Over three-quarters (78.2%) of these same-sex couples reside in the Leinster area with over half (52.9%) giving an address in Dublin City as their future residence. 

Excluding the Dublin Region, Cork County was the next most popular area of residence for same-sex couples (4.0%). In contrast, no Civil Partnership couples listed Carlow, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon or Tipperary North, as their future residence in 2015.  There were 22 partnerships whose future address was listed as being outside the State.

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1.5 Top 25 babies' names registered in 2015, in order of popularity, with corresponding rank between 2010 and 2015
 
Boys' name201520142013201220112010 Girls' name201520142013201220112010
Jack111111Emily111112
James222224Emma232333
Daniel333343Ava357886
Conor444555Sophie423221
Sean555432Amelia575123234
Adam666677Ella66471111
Noah7810192326Lucy798974
Michael814810912Grace849447
Charlie91015122019Chloe914131599
Luke1071311129Mia1081161220
Thomas111711171822Lily1111175514
Oisin121314141517Hannah121314131722
Alex13121218108Aoife13106111310
Cian141817151314Anna141612221813
Harry14997820Olivia142027302827
Patrick161916212118Sarah1412101065
Dylan17112091010Kate171815181519
Ryan18167766Saoirse182322171918
Fionn192625273035Lauren192421232221
Liam201518131715Caoimhe202519161424
Darragh212118201916Sophia211520212933
Cillian222023232221Katie22171814108
David232328272425Robyn233135414643
Jamie242221161411Ellie241923282428
Jake252726313430Roisin253737313432
Source: CSO

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Jack and Emily are the most popular babies' names in 2015.  Jack continues to be the most popular boys' name for the 9th year in a row and Emily is the top girls name for the 5th successive year.

 

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