Year: 2002 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.6, no.2, (2002), p.83-91 SIEC No: 20021342

The present paper calculates urban & rural suicide rates for Ireland & looks at some possible explanatory variables for the differences observed. Irish suicide & undertermined death rates, age-adjusted to the European Standard Population, were calculated for the years 1976 to 1994 to determine if there were any discernible trends between urban & rural areas. A rise of 50% in the Irish rural male suicide rates is found between 1980 & 1990. The most radical increases have occured in the young & elderly rural males. Some factors associated with suicide were examined but failed to provide sufficient explanation for the difference in rates. (22 refs)