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Tracing our Irish ancestry

With 17 March being St Patrick’s Day, you might be asking yourself the question: How many people on the Sunshine Coast claim to have Irish ancestry?

Thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s suite of web-based demographic tools, the question is a fairly easy one to answer.

Here are some facts:

In 2016, 13% of Sunshine Coast’s population nominated Irish as one of their ancestries.

This is a higher percentage than Brisbane (12.3%), South-East Queensland (12.2%), Queensland (12%) and Australia (10.2%).

The five areas with the highest percentages (proportionally) were:

  • Maleny – Witta – North Maleny (16.3%)
  • Coolum Beach – Mount Coolum – Yaroomba – Point Arkwright (15.9%)
  • Caloundra – Kings Beach – Moffat Beach – Shelly Beach (15.4%)
  • Caloundra Central Activity Centre (15.2%)
  • Mapleton – Flaxton – Obi Obi (14.8%)

This link provides the “heatmap” for concentrations of Coast residents with Irish heritage:

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016

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