Fewer Catholics in Ireland as rising numbers reject religion

13 October, 2017, 16:54 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Catholicism on the decline in Louth CSO figures reveal

Members of the Church of Ireland decreased slightly as did the number of Presbyterians.

The CSO also said divorce rates among Catholics are rising, up from 3.6pc in 2011 to 4.1pc in 2016.

The report also details how both the proportion and total number of Catholics have fallen since 2011, with Catholics comprising 78.3% of the population in April 2016, down from 84.2% in 2011, while the number of people with no religion (including atheists and agnostics) increased by 73.6% to stand at 481,388 in 2016.

The CSO breakdown shows that the number of Catholics dropped by nearly 130,000 since 2011.

Other changes indicate a rise in the number of people who are Muslim - a figure which has doubled over the past decade - and the number of people who follow no religion.

"The CSO has also detailed statistics related to ethnicity, explaining: "'White Irish" remains by far the largest group, accounting for 3,854,226 (82.2%) usual residents.

Both the Muslim and Jewish populations grew by 28.9%.

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The average age of Catholics in the county was 37.3 years, compared with the overall average age of 36.4 years.

There were 2,557 Jews, marking an increase of 573 over the period. In 2011, the 1,696 people with no religion comprised 5.3% of the county's population. Nearly half of all Muslims live in Dublin city and suburbs. On average, Church of Ireland members in Louth were 1.8 years older (38.2 years) than the overall population in the county. They made up 1 in 100 (1%) of the county's population, compared to 0.7% at national level.

The next largest grouping - "Any Other White background" accounted for 17,508 persons (9 per cent), an increase of 1,668.

The vast majority (94.1 percent) of those with a "White background" were born in Ireland.

Those with "Black or Black Irish (African/any other Black background)' comprised 3,062 persons (1.6 per cent) while 2,589 persons (1.3 per cent) indicated an 'Asian or Asian Irish (Chinese/any other Asian background)'". Among those persons with Chinese ethnicity, over half (55.7 percent) were born in China, with 8.3 percent being born in Malaysia and 6.4 percent born in Hong Kong.

Of those with any other Asian background, 22.4% were born in India, followed by 16.1% in the Philippines and 13.7% in Pakistan.

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