The Census always throws up some interesting information . The most recent census in 2011 has information on the numbers of single men and women in the larger towns and cities in Ireland. In the ideal situation there would be a 50-50 split between men and women – but in some places the figures don’t match up at all.

Looking at the numbers of single people aged between 25 and 44 – the place with the most single females when compared to the number of single males was Kinsealy near Dublin – There were 25% more single women than men in Kinsealy. Second in terms of an excess of single women was Rosslare – with 23% more single ladies than single men aged 25 to 44 . Third on the list was Rathkeale – with a 17% excess of unattached women.

At the other extreme – we have Millstreet in Cork where the single men outnumber the single women (numbers of women are only 66% of single men) . Ballaghadereen in Co Roscommon is in a similar situation with the number of single women at 70% that of single males. Ballyhaunis in Co. Mayo is showing up with single men outnumbering the ladies by 28% (single women numbers are 72% of the number of single men).  (These 3 towns are popular with immigrant workers who tend to be more single male)

In Ireland overall – there are  about 10% less single women than men (aged 25 to 44)  . This equates to  34,540  less females than males.

This information might be useful to some people – but it could be completely useless to many others .