• Almost three-quarters of couples who got married in Co Mayo last year had Catholic marriage ceremonies.

    New figures from the CSO show that, nationally, nearly one-third of opposite-sex couples opted for a civil marriage in 2019.

    However in Mayo, of the 682 opposite-sex marriages last year, 504 had a Catholic ceremony while 94 had a civil marriage ceremony.

    There were 10 same-sex marriages in Mayo last year, of which 6 were civil ceremonies.

    The national figures published show the average age of grooms is the highest to date at 36.8 years while the average bride's age was 34.8.

    Those in same-sex marriages tend to be older when they tie the knot.

    Friday and Saturday continue to be the most popular days of the week for weddings, and August was the most popular month.

  • House prices in Castlerea were the lowest in Ireland in the year to November.

    That's according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office, which show that residential property prices nationally rose slightly in the year, increasing by an average of 0.2 per cent.

    Houses outside of Dublin rose by 1.2%, while the increase across the West was 2%.

    Blackrock in Dublin was the most expensive Eircode address, while the median price of a home in Castlerea was the lowest in Ireland, standing at 75 thousand euro.

    Ballyhaunis was the second least expensive area in the country, with median house prices at €90,800.



  • Co Galway has the highest proportion of people living 10 km or more from a 24-hour Garda station or from a local authority fire station.

    These are among the findings in a new CSO study, measuring distances to everyday services in Ireland.

    The survey shows how close or far away people live from everyday facilities, such as schools, hospitals, fire stations and public transport.

    The results show people in Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim have higher average distances to travel to such services, compared to other counties.

    Almost 28% of people in Ireland live within 5km of a hospital emergency department, but Roscommon fares worst, with 34% of people living more than 50km from an emergency department, followed by Donegal and Clare.

    70% of people in Co Galway live 10km or more from a 24-hour Garda station - compared to the national average of 30% - while Galway also has the highest proportion of people living 10km or more from a fire station.

  • People living in Mayo have an average disposable income of €17,650 , according to figures from the CSO.

    The  figures show the gap between Dublin and the rest of the country widened, as those living in the capital enjoy disposable income levels well above the national average.

    Disposable incomes refers to total household income minus taxes, but does not account for accommodation and other living costs.

    People in Roscommon had an average disposable income of €17,145 compared to over €24,000 in Dublin.

  • House prices nationally increased by 6.5% in the year to December 2018, according to the latest figures from the CSO.

    The rate of growth was just less than half of the 12.1% increased in prices recorded the previous year.

    In Dublin, house prices rose by 4.2% last year.

    The Midwest region saw the largest increases in 2018 with prices up by over 18%, while houses in the West increased by 11% last year.

    The most expensive area to buy a house was Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, with a median price of €535,000, while Longford was the cheapest area at €94,500.

    Median house prices in Mayo in 2018 were €125,000 compared to €179,000 in Co Galway, and €105,000 in Roscommon.

    The national average paid for a property last year was €291,000.


  • There has been an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents across the country.

    It has lead to calls for action to tackle the growing problem in communities across Ireland.


    There was a surge in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents across the country in the second half of last year.

    A Sunday Independent study of CSO statistics shows a 14 per cent increase in harassment and related offences between July and December.

    There was also an eight per cent rise in 'disorderly conduct' which includes violent disorder, public order offences and drunkenness.

    The research shows a growing trend in crime categories linked to  abuse of alcohol, the carrying of weapons and robberies over the past two years.

    Opposition parties have called for action to prevent anti-social behaviour.

    While the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told the newspaper that parents and schools had a key role to play in tackling the problem.

    He says Gardai will tackle the problems head-on but need co-operation.

  • Jack and Emily were the most popular baby names in Co Mayo last year- in keeping with the national trend.

    The Central Statistics Office has published the most popular baby names for 2017.

    Nationally, Jack is the most popular name over the past decade, while Emily has topped the list of girls’ names since 2011.

    These are also the top names chosen by parents in Mayo.

    In Co Roscommon, Adam and Caoimhe were the top baby names in 2017, and in Co Galway, Adam was the most popular boy’s name, while Chloe and Emily topped the list of girl’s names.

    In Sligo, Conor and Lucy were the most popular names chosen last year.




  • Jack and Emily are still the most popular names for newborn babies in Ireland.

    New CSO figures shows 686 boys called Jack were born last year - it's held the top spot every year since 2007 except for 2016.

    For the eighth consecutive year, Emily tops the list of girls names.

    Jack, James, Noah, Conor and Daniel were the top 5 boys' names last year, while Emily, Grace, Emma, Sophie and Amelia were the top 5 girl's names.

    In Co Mayo last year, the most popular boy's name was James, while Ava topped the list of girls' names.

    Daniel and James were the most popular boy's names in Roscommon, while Kate was the favourite for newborn girls, and in Co Galway, Jack and Anna were the favourite baby names in 2018.



    New figures show Mayo and the border counties have recorded the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 per head of population.

    The CSO figures show that between March last year and April 27 this year, Mayo recorded 180 deaths due to the virus.

    The border counties of Louth, Cavan and Monaghan recorded the next highest death rates per head of population.

    At the other end of the scale, Sligo had the lowest number of deaths from the virus, with Leitrim and Galway also among the lowest four counties for Covid deaths per 100,000 population.