This week the CSO announced the top 10 largest towns in the State, and the list remains almost the same compared with the settlements in 2016, with Ennis retaining its place as the largest town in Munster.
Naas joined the list of the top 10 largest towns, while Newbridge dropped out. Some towns also moved places on the list. In 2022, Swords was the third largest town in the State, replaced by Dundalk as the second largest.
County Louth had the two largest towns in the State, Drogheda with 44,135 people and Dundalk with 43,112 people.
The next three, all in Leinster, had populations of over 30,000: Swords (40,776), Navan (33,886) and Bray (33,512).
Ennis (27,923) was sixth at State level and the largest in Munster; three other towns in Munster had over 18,000 people – Tralee (26,079), Clonmel (18,369) and Carrigaline (18,239).
The largest town in Connacht was Sligo, with a population of 20,608 while Letterkenny was the largest in Ulster (part of) with 22,549 people enumerated there in 2022.
Of the 49 towns with a population of 10,000 or more, two thirds, or 33, were in Leinster, 11 in Munster, three in Connacht and two in Ulster (part of).