Baby Jack was born to Fiona O'Neill, from Martinstown, this Leap Year Day Picture: Adrian Butler
LONG gone are the days when Mary and Anne topped the list of the most popular names.
While there were a glut of Marys, Annes, Margarets and Catherines born in 1965, as the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show they are no longer en vogue.
In county Limerick, Anna, Emily, Grace and Mia all shared the top position for 2015.
In Limerick city the most popular names in 2015, 2014 and 2013 were respectively Amelia, Emma and Emily.
In county Limerick they were Emily in 2014, followed by Emma and Grace the previous year.
Jack has been the most popular name for boys in the past three years in the city, and in the county, Jack, Daniel and Michael have been tops.
There were 819 births in Limerick city in 2015, and 1,891 births in the county.
In the city there were 456 births outside of marriage, or 55.7%, and 152 of those were born to mother aged under 25. The average age of mothers in the city for all births was 28.1, and 26.3 for first time births.
In the county, 584 babies were born outside of marriage last year, or 30.9%, where the average age of first time mums and all mums is a year higher in both cases.
Nationally, Jack and Emily remain the most popular babies’ names registered in 2015.
Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007 and Emily has retained the number one spot that it first claimed in 2011.
And, four of the top five boys’ names - Jack, Sean, Conor and James - have been in the top five since 1998.
Emma, Ava, Sophie and Amelia were the next most frequently chosen names to make it to the top five most popular names for girls in 2015.
Of the 65,909 births registered in 2015, the most frequently registered surnames were Murphy (752), Kelly (633) and O’Brien (528).
The average age of first time mothers in 2015 was 30.7 years, up slightly from 2014.
The highest percentage of births outside marriage/civil partnership was in Limerick city at 55.7% - which has historically seen the highest rate in the country - and the lowest was in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown with 24%.
The natural increase (births minus deaths) in 2015 was 35,957, almost 6.3% lower than the natural increase of 38,367 in 2014.
There were 528 deaths in Limerick city last year, 856 in the county.
In the city the greater cause of deaths was malignant neoplasms, at 152 deaths, while in the county the greatest cause of death was listed as diseases of the circulatory system at 290 deaths.
Overall there are 26 deaths by suicide in Limerick – nine in the city and 17 in the county.
The data shows 451 recorded suicides across Ireland in 2015 – a fall from the 459 recorded in 2014, leaving the suicide rate per 100,000 of population down from 10 to 9.7.
There were 161 applications for divorce in Limerick last year, of which 102 were granted; in addition to 47 judicial separation applications, with 15 granted, and one marriage was annulled.
Nationally there were 3,831 applications for divorce, with 2,629 of those were granted, according to the figures released this week.