List of settlements on the island of Ireland by population

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This is a list of the 60 largest towns and cities on the island of Ireland by population. It therefore includes towns and cities in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The population figures listed are for the urban area centered around each settlement excluding areas that fall within the boundary of another town or city. The figures for Northern Ireland towns are based on the 2011 Northern Ireland Census,[1] while the figures for towns in the Republic are based on the 2006 Census of Ireland, and cities in the Republic of Ireland are based on the 2016 Census of Ireland.[2]

Rank Settlement Population Province County Country Description
1 Dublin 1,173,179 Leinster County Dublin Republic of Ireland Capital city of the Republic of Ireland and has been the island's largest settlement since the Middle Ages.
2 Belfast 483,418 Ulster County Antrim, County Down Northern Ireland Capital and largest city of Northern Ireland and is home to its devolved government and power-sharing assembly. Belfast received city status in 1888.
3 Cork 208,669 Munster County Cork Republic of Ireland Largest city in the province of Munster in the south of Ireland. Cork is one of Ireland's oldest cities, having received city status in the 900s.
4 Limerick 94,192 Munster County Limerick, County Clare Republic of Ireland Principal city of Ireland's Mid-west region, also known as the Shannon region and is the second-largest city in Munster.
5 Derry 93,512 Ulster County Londonderry Northern Ireland Second-largest city in Northern Ireland.
6 Galway 79,934 Connacht County Galway Republic of Ireland Largest city in the province of Connacht and the sparsely-populated West of Ireland.
7 Lisburn 71,465 (2011 census) Ulster County Antrim, County Down Northern Ireland Granted city status in 2002. The city lies on the border between County Antrim and County Down; Northern Ireland's two most populated counties. Though a city in its own right, it is also part of the wider Belfast Metropolitan Area.
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62,056 Ulster County Antrim Northern Ireland Largest town in Northern Ireland and Ireland as a whole. It is a suburb of Belfast lying to the north of the city.
9 Bangor 61,011 Ulster County Down Northern Ireland Located in County Down, the town of Bangor is part of the Belfast Metropolitan Area.
10 Waterford 53,504 Munster County Waterford Republic of Ireland Third-largest in the province of Munster. It is the island of Ireland’s oldest surviving city founded by Vikings in the 9th century AD.
11 Drogheda 38,578[3] Leinster County Louth, County Meath Republic of Ireland Largest town in the Republic of Ireland, located in County Louth with its southern environs located in County Meath.
12 Dundalk[4] 37,816[5] Leinster County Louth Republic of Ireland County town of Louth.
13 Swords[6] 36,924 Leinster County Dublin Republic of Ireland North Dublin suburban town is the second-largest settlement in Dublin after the city itself. It forms part of the Greater Dublin Area.
14 Bray[7] 31,872 Leinster County Wicklow Republic of Ireland Most populous town in County Wicklow.
15 Ballymena 28,717 Ulster County Antrim Northern Ireland
16 Navan[8] 28,559 Leinster County Meath Republic of Ireland Largest town in County Meath.
17 Newtownards 27,821 Ulster County Down Northern Ireland
18 Newry 27,433 Ulster County Down Northern Ireland Granted city status in 2000, it is Northern Ireland's fourth-largest city.
19 Carrickfergus 27,201 Ulster County Antrim Northern Ireland
20 Ennis[9] 25,360 Munster County Clare Republic of Ireland County town and largest urban centre in County Clare.
21 Coleraine 25,089 Ulster County Londonderry Northern Ireland
22 Kilkenny[10] 24,423 Leinster County Kilkenny Republic of Ireland Granted city status in 1609. It is the smallest city in the Republic.
23 Tralee[11] 23,693 Munster County Kerry Republic of Ireland
24 Carlow[12] 23,030 Leinster County Carlow Republic of Ireland
25 Newbridge 22,742 Leinster County Kildare Republic of Ireland
26 Portadown 22,100 Ulster County Armagh Northern Ireland
27 Portlaoise 22,050 Leinster County Laois Republic of Ireland
28 Balbriggan 21,722 Leinster County Dublin Republic of Ireland
29 Naas 21,393 Leinster County Kildare Republic of Ireland
30 Athlone 21,349 Leinster County Westmeath Republic of Ireland
31 Mullingar 20,928 Leinster County Westmeath Republic of Ireland
32 Celbridge 20,288 Leinster County Kildare Republic of Ireland
33 Wexford 20,188 Leinster County Wexford Republic of Ireland
34 Antrim 20,001 Ulster County Antrim Northern Ireland
35 Omagh 19,910 Ulster County Tyrone Northern Ireland
36 Letterkenny 19,274 Ulster County Donegal Northern Ireland
37 Sligo 19,199 Connacht County Sligo Republic of Ireland
38 Larne 18,228 Ulster County Antrim Northern Ireland
39 Greystones 18,140 Leinster County Wicklow Republic of Ireland
40 Clonmel 17,140 Munster County Tipperary Republic of Ireland
41 Malahide 16,550 Leinster County Dublin Republic of Ireland
42 Carrigaline 15,770 Munster County Cork Republic of Ireland
43 Leixlip 15,504 Leinster County Kildare Republic of Ireland
44 Banbridge 14,744 Ulster County Down Northern Ireland
45 Tullamore 14,607 Leinster County Offaly Republic of Ireland
46 Armagh 14,590 Ulster County Armagh Northern Ireland
47 Maynooth 14,585 Leinster County Kildare Republic of Ireland
48 Killarney 14,504 Munster County Kerry Republic of Ireland
49 Enniskillen 13,599 Ulster County Fermanagh Northern Ireland
50 Strabane 13,456 Ulster County Tyrone Northern Ireland
51 Arklow 13,163 Leinster County Wicklow Republic of Ireland
52 Cobh 12,800 Munster County Cork Republic of Ireland
53 Ashbourne 12,679 Leinster County Meath Republic of Ireland
54 Midleton 12,496 Munster County Cork Republic of Ireland
55 Mallow 12,496 Munster County Cork Republic of Ireland
56 Castlebar 12,068 Connacht County Mayo Republic of Ireland
57 Limavady 12,043 Ulster County Londonderry Northern Ireland
58 Holywood 12,037 Ulster County Down Northern Ireland
59 Laytown-Bettystown-Mornington 11,872 Leinster County Meath Republic of Ireland
60 Enniscorthy 11,381 Leinster County Wexford Republic of Ireland

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