Kinsale named town that is most representative of the nation

A special broadcast is being held in the town

Newstalk Breakfast has revealed that Kinsale in Co Cork is the town that statistically best represents us as a nation.

It has been named as 'Ireland's Town' during a live broadcast this morning.

A special broadcast is being held to mark one week out from the budget and TO ask the people of Kinsale - and by extension the nation - what they want from Budget 2018.

The title of 'Ireland's Town' was awarded following a detailed analysis of Census 2016, which took 29 different data measurements into account across an array of strands.

These included economic, family, age, gender and education.

Traditional shop fronts in the town of Kinsale in west Cork | Image: RollingNews.ie

The detailed research examined all towns with a population of 5,000 or more, and found that Kinsale bore a striking resemblance to the national average in almost every one of the 29 criteria.

Commenting on the findings, Newstalk statistician Odran Flynn, said: "Looking at the twenty nine criteria, Kinsale was the only town that was at or near the national average in each case.

"It offers a snapshot of the census, and so Ireland, in one place. It's a true microcosm of us as a nation."

To mark one week out from the budget, Newstalk Breakfast is broadcasting live from the seaside town on Tuesday morning to find out what makes Kinsale 'Ireland's Town'.