The number of property sales in the first six months of this year was up around 8.5% on the same time in 2016.

That is according to an analysis of the Property Price Register carried out by property website Myhome.ie.

The analysis shows that there was a total of 23,148 sales in the period with a total transaction value of €5.8 billion, up 15% on the €5.1 billion in the first half of 2016.

Myhome.ie said that sales figures rose in 20 counties and fell in six.

But the amount of money spent on property in each county was up in all with the exception of Clare and Donegal, where the amount spent fell back by 19% and 7% respectively.

Unsurprisingly Dublin led the way in the first six months of the year with 7,455 sales - an increase of 11% on the 6,717 sales recorded for the same time last year. 

The amount of money spent in the capital also grew by 13.2%, from €2.7 billion to over €3 billion.

Dublin was followed by Cork with 2,532 sales, Kildare with 1,212, Galway on 1,138 with Meath (970) and Limerick (834) making up the top six.

Other counties which saw impressive sales growth included Cavan, Offaly, Roscommon and Kerry.

The counties with the lowest number of sales were Longford (177), Monaghan (201), Leitrim (224) and Carlow (247).

Commenting on today's figures, Angela Keegan, Managing Director of MyHome.ie said the rise in sales and values in the commuter belt is the standout feature in these figures.

Ms Keegan said this indicates that the lack of supply of affordable houses is pushing buyers out of Dublin. 

"We can see that the number of sales in Meath is up 43% while the value of transactions is up 47%. In Wicklow sales are up 21% while values are up 25%," she explained.