Maynooth tops county Kildare growth league says Census

Athy experiences population drop over five years

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress



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 MAYNOOTH was the fastest growing town in county Kildare in the last five years, according to the latest Census report, published this week.

The town grew 16.6% to 14,585, the eleventh highest growth in the State, according to the report, Census 2016 Profile 2 - Population Distribution and Movement.

With Saggart and Rathcoole coming in first and second place respectively, with growth rates at 46% and 27% respectively, many Kildare town showed high growth rates.

Only Athy saw a fall, a 2.5% drop to 9,677.

After Maynooth came Monasterevin with a 14.4% rise to 4,246.

It was followed by Sallins, up 10.7% to 5,849 and Kilcock, up 10.1% to 6,093.

Rathangan experienced a 10% rise to 2,611 people.

The Clane population went up 8.6% to 7,280 with Kill seeing 8.2% more people, bringing its population to 3,348.

Other increases were Kilcullen, up 6.8% to 3,710, Kildare town, up 6% to 8,634, Newbridge, up 5.5% to 22,742, Derrinturn up 4% to 1,602.

Celbridge experienced a 3.8% rise to 20,288 while Prosperous now has 2,333 people, up 3.8% on 2011.

The Naas population rose to to 21,393, up 3.3%.

There were just the slightest rise for Leixlip, up 0.3% to 15,504.