County Kildare saw the largest number of house completions in the fourth quarter of last year than in any quarter over the last eight years, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) this month.
There were 381 residences completed in Q4 2018 bring the annual total in the county to 1,219, up 24% on the previous year.
The annual figures compared to 985 in 2017, 638 in 2016 and 577 in 2015 and have been steadily increasing.
Over half the Kildare total were in the Naas and Celbridge areas, it is indicated by Eircode areas completions.
Of the 1,219 houses, 1,029 (84%) were group scheme houses. There were 159 single houses and 31 apartments finished.
The 1,219 figure was the seventh largest in the State last year, behind Fingal, 2,140, Dublin city, 1,843, South Dublin, 1,654, Meath,1,512, Cork county council, 1,508, and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown,1,287. There were 602 completions in Louth during the year.
The CSO data indicates that the majority of completions were in the Naas and Celbridge Eircode areas.
Between 2017 and 2018, the number of completions in the W91 Naas area was up 53% to 603 and in the W23 Celbridge area they rose by 24% to 372.
These two areas represented 46% and 28% respectively of the 1,319 completions in seven identified Eircode areas in the county.
The rise in R51 Kildare was 13% to 111 houses while in the W12 Newbridge area there were 97 completions for 2018, up 1% on 2017.
House completions dropped in Monasterevin, down 15% to 74 and in R56 Curragh, down 24% to 25 completions.
Commenting on the release, Laura Flannelly, CSO statistician, said most new dwelling completions in 2018 were in the Dublin and Mid-East regions accounting for 60% of the total.