Nearly four in ten births in the county happen outside of marriage.
According to the Central Statistics Office, there were over 1,600 (1,626) births in the county in 2017, 38% of which were to non-married mothers.
In 2017, over 620 (622) births occurred outside of marriage in the county, representing 38% of total births.
The percentage of births outside marriage is increasing, up from 36% in 2016 and 34% in 2015.
In 2007, the rate stood at 28%, while in 1997 19% of births happened outside of marriage.
Elsewhere, the average age of first-time mothers has increased to 31, up from 29 in 2007 and nearly 28 years in 1997.