The number of Kerry marriages ending in divorce is on the rise, with women in the county more likely to apply to dissolve their marriages than men. That’s according to new figures on Irish divorce rates, researched by the RTE Investigations Unit. The Kerry divorce rates are bucking the national trend, which show a slow-down in the number of people ending their marriages in recent years. While the rate of divorce nationally has dropped in recent years, 118 applications for divorce were made in Kerry in 2014, marking a seven year high for the county. Of the applications, 60 were requested by women and 58 by men. The average number of divorce applications in the county, between the years 2008 and 2014, was 95. In common with most other counties, divorce rates in Kerry dropped during the recession, reaching a low of 68 in 2012, but they’ve been rising steadily since. Nationally, Dublin, Carlow and Waterford have the highest divorce rates, while Leitrim and Longford have the lowest. Divorce was introduced in Ireland in 1996, but we still have a relatively low divorce rate compared to other countries.