Newly published figures show that almost half of children born in Donegal in the first half of last year were to unmarried parents.
The figures from the Central Statistics Office cover Janaury to June of 2009, in that period 1,156 children were born - there were 10% more male babies born than female.
The statistics show that 568 babies were born to married parents, of the 519 that were not, 378 were born to parents living at the same address.
The majority of babies born outside of marriage were to women under 25, however those in the 30 to 40 category made up a considerable percentage.
A woman in Donegal , on average will have her first child at 28, and a subsequent child at 31.