A Statistical Survey of Clonroche

In Conjunction With Clonroche Development Association





A Statistical Survey of Clonroche

To plan future developments it is essential to have accurate information on the area, it’s assets, and it’s liabilities. Clonroche Development Association, with a view to future and better planning produced this analysis to highlight beneficial, and problematic areas in our community.

The survey covers the Electoral Division of Clonroche including Clonroche village, townlands of Coolroe, Chaple, Ballymackessey, Tomfarney, Tominearly etc. The townlands of Coolaught and Castleboro are omitted because of electoral boundaries and lack of information, however both townlands form an integral and important part of the area.

Statistics are available for the year 1996, which are the latest figures we have to work with, but will be accurate enough to build a demographic profile of the area



We hope this survey will be beneficial to planners, business men who may be interested in creating employment in the area, for the local authorities to better understand the needs of the area, and for European bodies who are interested in helping with the development of rural areas.

The area of Electoral Division of Clonroche is ?? and contains a population of 1103. The area is eight miles from Enniscorthy, sixteen miles from Wexford, twelve miles from New Ross and twenty six miles from Waterford. It is important to point out no public transport is presently available to enable people in the area to arrive for working hours in any of the above centers of population and so perhaps develop a dormitory village and ease over congestion in the larger urban areas.



Total Population

For the first time we attempt to publish a comprehensive report on the population of the Electoral Division of Clonroche. Unfortunately the parish townlands of Castleboro and Coolaught are not included in this division because of electoral boundaries;

On the right is presented a table of population break down of the Clonroche ED.

The population of the Village of Clonroche represents 37% of the total population of the area


Table 1



Population Age Profile

On examination of the age profile of the population of the village and area the following facts emerge;

The age groups 10 to 14 represents the highest group by age category closely followed by the 15 to 19 age group. The population dramatically falls by 29 per cent in the following age category 20/24 group. This is possibly because of a lack of employment/educational opportunities or facilities in the area and also possibly the lack of availability of building land especially in the vacinity of the village. The population is relatively static after this fall showing young people in the discussed categories are ‘lost’ to Clonroche society.

 The birth rate appears to fall off in 0-4 age group. This catagory is just numerically representative of the average population up to the 45-49 age groups

See Graph


The above table is a representation of the age profile of the Clonroche area. The horizontal legends represents a four year division of age groups (i.e. 1 = ages 0-4; 2 = ages 5-9; 3 = ages 10-14 ). The vertical table is representative of the number of persons in each catogory; From the coloured coded legend within the graph one can ascertain the marital status of the population.

 The total population is at it's highest in the 10-14/15-19 age groups but decreases sharply in the 24-29/30-34 age bracket which suggests a lack of employment opportunities in the area for this age group
The population holds relatively steady up to the 45-49 age group where it runs into steady decline




Household Survey

· There are 304 households in the area housing 1103 people. There are 291 permanent private homes, two permanent non private households and 10 caravan/mobile homes. The two person category represents by far the largest sector in household size with the 4 person households narrowly outnumbering the single person household.


This phenomenon of low density households is probably representative of an ageing population with the losing of the vibrant 20 & 30 age groups to the towns and cities.

This again emphises the loss of this age group to the area and may require substantial funding to create employment or to free up building land in the vacinity of the village to hold this age group and develop the community





Family Survey

There are 242 family units in the area with 69 families consisting of just two persons. This is probably bearing out still further the loss of the younger age groups.

The next largest families size is that of the four person family unit. There are 952 persons living within family units


The Work Force

· There are 810 persons over 15 years of age in the area. There are 331 persons at work showing a dependency level of 2.5 to one or 145 per cent. Clonroche has an unemployment rate of approx. 23% of the work force. This shares a similar size category with the student and retired sectors to the community

· Thirty one percent of those at work are self employed with sixty-six percent in the employee category. Three per cent are categorised as assisting a relative

 · Twenty per cent of the workforce are employed in manufacturing, eleven percent employed in sales with a similar percentage employed in agricultural services and a further eleven per cent employed in the clerical area,

ten percent are engaged in the services area and nine per cent engaged in building, six percent in transport and five per cent working with administration & state areas

 · Highest areas of unemployment are in the manufacturing area with over 28% unemployed, this is followed by building at 22% and agriculture at 18 per cent. The lowest areas of unemployment are in the classifications of State employment at 1.2 % , Clerical 1.3% Transport 2.5 %, Professional at 2.6 %

· Eighty-six percent of farms in the area are in excess of fifty acres, with a mere 4.6 per cent less than 30 acres. Nine per cent of farms are in the thirty to fifty acre range




Thirty-one percent of the workforce are self-employed with sixty-six percent being employee's. Three per cent are classed as assisting a relative





Farm size is by a large extent in the fifty acre plus catagory with a mere five per cent less than thirty acres




Employment Type



Employment Groupings


· At 16.4 percent Farmers are the highest grouping in the area closely followed by Manual Skilled workers at 16 per cent of the total. Eleven point six percent are agricultural workers, 11.4 percent Non Manual Workers, 10 percent simi skilled with eight per cent unskilled. Four percent are in the employer/managerial area with 1.5% classed as higher professionals




Travel Survey

Just 0.48% of the population travel by motor cycle. This may be a surprise to the reader and just 1% of the population use a bicycle;

Car driver & passenger accounts for thirty-six percent of travel method, with twenty-seven per cent, mostly school students travelling by bus. Thirteen per cent, working locally, walk

State Supports in the Greater Clonroche Area

The table on the left represents the latest data (Sept 2000) on the number of persons collecting state benifits in the greater Clonroche area. Two persons are in receipt of Family Income Support

Within the County of Wexford there are 3,915 Illness, Disability & Caring, 8,062 Old Age Pensioners, 6,649 One Parent Families, 5, 719 Unemployed; 667 persons in Wexford receive Family Income Support;

The rate of growth in One Parent Family & Family Income Support is rising much steeper in Co Wexford than the National Average



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