The publication of the most popular baby names in Ireland shows a trend towards place names.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has published for the first time a list of the country's most popular baby names for 1998. Conor for a boy and Chloe for a girl, are the most popular baby names of 1998. 

The list shows that traditional Irish names are slipping out of fashion, while television is having a big influence on the names parents choose for their children.

Boys
1. Conor
2. Sean
3. Jack
4. James
5. Adam
 
Girls
1. Chloe
2. Ciara
3. Sarah
4. Aoife
5. Emma

At the National Maternity Hospital, new mothers explain why they chose their children's names. 

Any Conor I know is a big man so I think he's going to be a big, strong man.

While Irish names are dropping down the list, there is a new trend towards place names such as India, Shannon, Tara, Paris and Brooklyn. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 July 1999. The reporter is Flor McCarthy.