Dundalk as it Happens
Dundalk has the fifth highest population of Travellers in the country
Dundalk has one of the highest populations of Travellers in the country, new figures from Census 2016 have revealed.
While Tuam (737) and Longford (730) led the way, Dundalk had the fifth highest proportion of Irish Travellers in 2016 after Navan (664) and Mullingar (571).
There were a total of 772 Irish Travellers in Co Louth at the time of the last Census in April 2016, up 17.1% from 659 in 2011.
Of these 538 were based in Dundalk, comprising 262 males and 276 females. The town had 13.8 Travellers per 1,000 of the total population.
By contrast, Drogheda had 152 Travellers, comprising 73 males and 79 females. This accounted for 3.7 Travellers per 1,000 of total population.
There were also 14 Irish Travellers in Ardee, comprising eight males and seven females.