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Ireland On a Baby Spree - Biggest Boom in a Century

by Tanya Thomas on  September 2, 2009 at 8:04 AM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Statistics published on Monday have revealed a sea-change in birth rates in Ireland. The number of babies born in land of St.Patrick last year was the highest since 1896.
 Ireland On a Baby Spree - Biggest Boom in a Century
Ireland On a Baby Spree - Biggest Boom in a Century
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There were 75,065 births registered in 2008, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) said, with the fertility rate up among all age groups between 20 and 49.

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In addition, Ireland's total period fertility rate (TPFR) reached 2.1 -- the level at which the population would replace itself in the long run, ignoring migration -- for the first time since 1990.

The CSO said 42 percent of births last year were to first-time mothers and just over 33 percent of births were to unmarried mothers.

In 1896, there were 75,332 births registered across Ireland.

Source: AFP
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