Analysis of census data reveals where people are most likely spend the most romantic day of the year alone.

Perhaps surprisingly, analysis of census data reveals Dublin is the loneliest county, with more singletons per population than anywhere else in the country.

Meanwhile, unlucky-in-love people in Wexford and Wicklow are most likely to be divorced or separated – and there are more widows and widowers in Leitrim than anywhere else in Ireland.


More city slickers are single

With 571 single people per 1,000 population, Dublin has an 8% higher proportion of singletons than the national average of 529 per 1,000.

Galway is next with 550 per 1,000, followed by Limerick with 545 per 1,000, then Laois, Louth and Kildare which each have 542 per 1,000.

But love is most definitely in the air in Co Roscommon which has the nation’s lowest proportion of singletons at 503 per 1,000 – 14% fewer than in Dublin.

Leitrim has the second lowest rate at 506 per 1,000, just below Mayo and Kerry with 510 each per 1,000.

Divorce is high in the South East

There are countless broken hearts in the counties of Wexford and Wicklow, which each have a divorce or separation rate of 51 per 1,000 – 15% higher than the national average of 44 per 1,000.

But couples in Galway and Cavan are better matched which both have Ireland’s lowest divorce and separation rate of just 39 per 1,000 – 13% lower than the national average and a third lower than Wexford and Wicklow.

Mayo and Kilkenny are second from the bottom – both have a divorce and separation rate of 41 per 1,000.

However, Wicklow folk are also most likely to remarry after getting divorced.

In 2013, 10% of grooms and 8% of brides who registered weddings in The Garden County were remarrying after splitting from their first spouse.

Monaghan dwellers are least likely to find love again following a split – just 3% of brides and grooms tying the knot in The Oriel County were divorced and on their second marriage.

Connacht is worst for widows

When it comes to widows and widowers, however, the west of the country suffers most.

The rate of people in Leitrim who have lost a husband or wife through bereavement is almost 25% higher than the average of 44 per 1,000.

With a widowed rate of 54 per 1,000, The Ridge County is just ahead of its neighbours Mayo and Roscommon, which both have 53 widowed people per 1,000.

But there is less upset in Co Kildare which has the lowest rate of widows and widowers with 31 per 1,000 – 29% lower than average and a massive 42% less than Leitrim. Meath is next with 32 per 1,000 below Laois with 37 per 1,000.

West is best to find single men

While there around 43,000 more women than men around the country, our stats reveal that a higher percentage of men are single in every county.

The gap is biggest in Roscommon, where 54% of men are single compared with just 46% of women. The county also has the smallest overall percentage of single men and single women.

Dublin has the highest percentage of male and female singletons – and the smallest gap between the two groups with 59% of men and 56% of women looking for love.

Ladies are more likely to become divorcees and widows

However, separated and divorced women outnumber men in every county.

Louth, Wexford and Wicklow have the highest percentage of divorced and separated women at 6%.

Wexford and Wicklow are worst for men, with 5% of the male populations either single or divorced.

Female widows also outnumber male widows in every county.

The largest gap is in Roscommon, where 9% of women are widowed compared with just 2% of men.

The gap is smallest in Dublin, where 6% of the female population are widowed, compared with 2% of men.


Dublin is the divorce capital

The stats also reveal that Dublin has the highest rate of marriage breakdown in Ireland.

More marriages in the capital end in divorce, annulment or separation than any other county.

Dublin marriages failed at a rate of 177 per 100,000 in 2013, 5% higher than the national average of 168 per 10,000.

Donegal had the lowest rate of marriage failure at 127 per 100,000 – an incredible 40% below Dublin.

More divorce applications per capita were received or granted in The Pale than anywhere else at 187 per 100,000.

Longford and Cavan had the lowest divorce rates at 90 per 100,000 each.

Tipp is tops for separations

However, couples in Tipperary separate at the highest rate. In total, 65 judicial separation applications per 100,000 were received or granted in 2013 – 54% higher than the national average.

Laois has the lowest rate with just 22 in every 100,000 marriages ending in separation.

Meanwhile, Galway has the highest rate of marriage annulment at 6 per 100,000 – that’s twice the rate of the next highest counties Leitrim, Roscommon and Kerry, which each had an annulment rate of 3 per 100,000.

At the other end of the scale, 10 counties had no annulments in 2013: Donegal, Longford, Wexford, Westmeath, Wicklow, Meath, Waterford, Clare, Cavan and Carlow.

Unhappily ever after


Married women in Ireland under 30 are more than twice as likely to split from their spouses as men the same age.

Marriages end in separation or divorce for women under 30 at a rate of 135 per 100,000 – almost 2.3 times the rate of men under 30, whose marriages fail at a rate of just 60 per 100,000.

The biggest gap is in Longford, where 326 women per 100,000 under 30 are divorced or separated, compared with just 87 men per 100,000.

The smallest difference is in Sligo, where 85 per 100,000 women under 30 are divorced or separated, compared with 83 men per 100,000.

Young women in Longford are unluckiest in marriage, separating or divorcing at 2.5 times the average rate of 135 per 100,000 – and almost five times the number in Kerry, which has the lowest proportion of separated or divorced women under 30 at 80 per 100,000.

Laois has the highest proportion of divorced or separated men under 30 with 118 per 100,000, almost twice the national average of 60 per 100,000.

That’s almost five times the number in Kerry, which also has the lowest divorce and separation rate for men under 30 at 26 per 100,000.

Silver singletons

Meanwhile, Leitrim has the highest number of elderly single men per capita at 37 per 1,000 – 76% higher than the national average of 21 per 1,000. Roscommon and Mayo are next with 32 per 1,000 each.

Kildare has the lowest proportion of pension-age single men with just nine per 1,000.

Dublin and Meath are second lowest with 11 men in 1,000 over 65 still single.

Kildare and Meath also have the lowest proportion of single women over 65, with just eight and nine per 1,000 respectively.

However, Dublin has the highest proportion of female sliver singletons at 19 per 1,000 along with Sligo and Kerry.

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