More than 40% of all births in Kilkenny by women aged 35 and over
Three-quarters of all children born in county Kilkenny are born to women aged 30 and over, a new report reveals.
And just 1% of mothers in Kilkenny are under the age of 20, according to the Vital Statistics Annual Births Report for 2018 just published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The report reveals a total of 1,119 births were recorded in Kilkenny in 2018. This is a slight drop on the 1,164 (-4%) recorded in 2017, but a very significant 20% decline on the 1,388 births logged in 2012.
The report shows the birth rate in Kilkenny is in decline, dropping in each of the previously recorded six years.
Some 1,185 babies were born in 2016, 1,224 in 2015, 1,315 in 2014, 1,336 in 2013 and 1,388 in 2012.
The report also reveales the average age of mothers continues to rise, with women in the 35-39 year age bracket the most likely to give birth to a child in the county. A total of 375, or one-third of all children born in Kilkenny in 2018, were born to mothers in this age bracket.
Women over the age of 35 and women in the 40’s accounted for 42.4% of all births in the county in 2018.
Just 14 births in Kilkenny in 2018 were to woman aged under 20, representing 1.25% of the total recorded that year.