Top 20 Ethnically Diverse Towns

Ethnic Diversity in Ireland:
Immigration in Ireland has grown in the past decade – and the 2006 census provided figures on ethnic origins of residents. Ireland also has it’s own ethnic group – the Travellers and this category was included in the 2006 census for the first time.

These are the  20 towns with the highest percentage of non “White Irish” in Ireland (This includes “Other”, “Traveller”, “Black”, “Black Irish”, “Asian”, “Asian Irish” and “Other White”

Ballyhaunis, Mayo (45.93%)
Gort, Galway (39.2%)
Rathkeale, Limerick (31.76%)
Ballinrobe, Mayo (31.31%)
Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon (27.68%)
Clonee Village, Meath (27.5%)
Bunclody-Carrickduff,Carlow/Wexford (26.94%)
Monaghan, Monaghan (25.88%)
Ballyjamesduff, Cavan (24.85%)
Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim/Roscommon (24.66%)
Oldcastle, Meath (24.63%)
Longford, Longford (24.56%)
Cahir, South Tipperary (24.1%)
Kenmare, Kerry (23.11%)
Kinsale, Cork (22.17%)
Athenry, Galway (21.21%)
Roscommon, Roscommon (21.07%)
Ballybay, Monaghan (21.02%)
Cavan (20.53%)

If Travellers are taken out of the calculation – then the 20 most ethnically diverse towns are as follows: (Showing percentage of population that are not “White Irish” or ” White Irish Traveller”)

Ballyhaunis, Mayo 40.55
Gort, Galway 38.68
Clonee Village, Meath 27.50
Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon 26.49
Ballinrobe, Mayo 24.86
Ballyjamesduff, Cavan 24.85
Oldcastle, Meath 24.63
Monaghan, Monaghan 23.74
Kenmare, Kerry 23.12
Cahir, South Tipperary 22.92
Kinsale, Cork 22.17
Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim/Roscommon 21.58
Ballybay, Monaghan 20.85
Roscommon, Roscommon 20.40
Longford, Longford 19.96
Oranmore, Galway 19.52
Cavan, Cavan 19.08
Carrickmacross, Monaghan 18.96
Millstreet, Cork 17.95
Swords, Fingal 17.81