Why Do Most Single Women Live in South Dublin?

June 7, 2007 at 9:16 am 6 comments

See last week’s posts, Ten Best Places in Ireland to Find a Woman or to Find a Man. And thanks to the Sunday Tribune, RTE, Q102, Phantom FM and Blogorrah for helping to promote these peculiar nuggets of Irish demography.

But why are so many of the unattached women living in South Dublin? Are they too engrossed in Friends, Desperate Housewives and Big Brother to notice a man unless he owns a yacht and knows three hundred and forty six names for coffee? Perhaps, but here’s another theory. >>>


Firstly, not all the women in South Dublin were born there. Roughly half of all babies born everywhere are boys, yet there are more women in South Dublin and more men in rural areas. So either country women are moving to Dublin, or South Dublin men are moving down to Longford and Cavan. And I think we know which is more likely.


My friend Paul Woodfull has a theory as to why the get-up-and-go women are more likely to be single. He reckons that men are not attracted to successful women. Unsuccessful men are intimidated by them, and successful men just want a trophy girlfriend to hang on their arm.


Meanwhile, there seems to be one good reason why some areas have more unattached men. Six of the top ten places to find an unattached man are rural areas in Longford, Cavan, Clare, Mayo and Carlow. The other four are Castelrea, North Inner City Dublin and Portlaoise—all of which have prisons—and Templemore, which has loads of Gardai.


I must concede that basing your social life on census statistics is not the most romantic way of finding a date, although there is an outside chance that you might hook up with David McWilliams or Garret Fitzgerald. I’m not sure which is the best chat-up line: I came here to see you because I worked out the figures from the census, or I came here to see you because I saw it on the internet.


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. UnaRocks  |  June 7, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Reason #5: South Dublin women wait longer to get married. They want to be like, totally, sure. South Dublin is said to be of a higher economic status than other areas of the county, and people of a higher economic status get married later in life. Problem solved. They’re not single, they’re just waiting.

  • 2. Michael Nugent  |  June 7, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    When John McGahern was sacked as a teacher for writing ‘The Dark’ (and also for getting married in a registry office), his Union refused to support him. And one puzzled INTO official wanted to know why McGahern had married an English bride ‘when so many Irish women are going around with their tongues out for a husband’.

  • 3. ScaryGirl  |  June 7, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Because nearly every girl who comes to Dublin from beyond the Pale heads straight for the southside in the hope that they will find, snare and marry an ARSE* (thank you flirtysomething) and live happily every after in a house in Stillorgan with 2.4 children who will in their turn attend a fee-paying school and speak only dortspeak.

    (*ARSE – A Rugby School Eejit)

  • 4. Paige Harrison  |  June 7, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Higher concentration of single women in South Dublin? Have ye never considered the ‘safety in numbers’ theory?

  • 5. nianiayesh  |  March 9, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    iim niayesh

  • 6. Sab  |  February 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I live in South Dublin because it’s safer and cleaner compared to the North. Is this a problem?


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I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohemians football club in the 1970s.


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As mentioned above, if you like Irish football and/or cultural nostalgia, I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohs in the 1970s.

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