Wicklow and Arklow have joined the ranks of large towns, according to the latest Census figures.
Figures released last week reveal both towns have populations in excess of 10,000 people.
Arklow's population has reached 11,759 - a 17.7 percent increase from 2002s figure of 9,993. Wicklow town's population is now 10,070, up 7.6 percent on 2002's figure of 9,355. A large proportion of Wicklow's population, 3,140 people, live outside the town boundary.