17 Aug 2022

Three in four Kilkenny workers take the car

Kilkenny has a higher percentage of people travelling to work by car compared to the national average, according to new data from Census 2011.

Kilkenny has a higher percentage of people travelling to work by car compared to the national average, according to new data from Census 2011.

Over 77% of Kilkenny workers are commuting by car, compared to 69% for the State as a whole. Just 1.5% of people cycled, less than 10% walked, and 1.3% used public transport (bus or train).

Primary school students are somewhat more environmentally friendly. A total of 1,901 (18%) of students aged 5-12 years in the county walk to school, with 63.4% travelling by car, 17.6% travelling by bus and 0.8% cycling.

Amongst secondary students, 16% (1,132 students) walked and 51.1% travelled to school by car, while 31.3% travelled by bus and 1.1% cycled.

A large percentage of Kilkenny’s workforce comes from outside the county. Almost 15,000 people residing outside the county commute to work here, compared to 12,638 Kilkenny residents who work here.

More people work outside the county than in. Over 17,300 Kilkenny residents commute to work outside the county. One in fourteen commuters living Kilkenny had a travel time of an hour or longer to work, while 1,040 people spent 90 minutes or more commuting. A third of all workers had travel times of 15 minutes or less.

The new CSO publication, ‘Profile 10 Door to Door – Commuting in Ireland’, presents a profile of the commuting patterns of the Irish population and covers modes of travel, journey times and time of departure for both workers and students.

“This report provides further analysis of an extremely important theme from the Census 2011 results,” said Deirdre Cullen, senior statistician at the CSO.

“It examines commuter numbers, looking at means of transport, departure times and time spent travelling for both workers and students.”

The full report is available on the CSO website at, along with all the data available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables by selecting the data they are interested in and downloading it in an easy to use format for their own analysis. In co-operation with the All Ireland Research Observatory (AIRO) summary census data is now available in thematic maps for electoral districts and all small areas, including a mapping tool to portray travel to work catchment areas for large towns and cities in Ireland.

To view and download the publication, visit the CSO website at

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