WE all like to feel
special on our birthday but if you were born on
October 1 you have to share your day with most
people in Ireland.
Statistics reveal that people born on October 1,
under the Zodiac sign Libra, have the most common
birthday in the country.
And it won't take a huge leap to work out what is
the least common birthday here. The fewest Irish
people were born on February 29 - a Leap Year that
only comes around one in every four for Pisceans.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has counted the
candles and has revealed the most and least common
birthdays from 1980 to 2014.
The figures, spanning 34 years, show that the top 10
most common birthdays occur in October and
This may point to the seasonally-adjusted romancing
that occurs around Christmas and New Year - nine
Generally, the least common birthdays are around
Christmas which could point to family-planning
couples not wishing to add a baby to Santa's
The figures show that between 1980 and 2014, there
were an average of 191 births here annually on
October 1. This compares to an average of 45 births
on February 29.
The joint second most common birthdays were
September 23 and September 29, with an average of
After February 29, the least common birthday was St
Stephen's Day on December 26, with an annual average
of 112 births. This was closely followed by
Christmas Day with an average of 113 births.
The CSO figures also outline the months with the
highest annual average of births including July
(5,380); May (5,332) and September (5,291).
Meanwhile, if you were born on Ireland's commonest
birthday, October 1, you share your special day with
the likes of British Prime Minister Theresa May and
Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson. Famous leaplings,
meanwhile, include 18th century Italian composer
Rossini and 'Pumped Up Kicks' singer Mark Foster.
And some 5,650 Irish people who were born from 1980
to 2014, celebrated their birthday on Tuesday (St
Valentine's Day) - the 252nd most common birthday in