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Dun-Laoghaire - Rathdown has lowest percentage of Catholics, Offaly the highest

12 Octobre 2017

In newly released figures from 2016 Census data, the CSO have revealed the county with the highest percentage of Catholics, as well as several other details pertaining to religion in the country.

Dublin city and suburbs had the largest number of Irish Travellers with 5,089 persons. Tuam, with 737 persons, has the highest number of Irish Travellers.Navan, Mullingar, Dundalk and Ballinasloe all had 500 or more Irish Travellers in 2016.

There were 211 Irish Travellers enumerated in the county in April 2016. This was a fall of 101 (-7.2%) on the number in 2011 (1,404). They made up 1 in 100 (1%) of the county's population, compared to 0.7% at national level.

There were more male (661) than female (642) Travellers. Over half (53.3%) of all Travellers in the county were aged under 20, compared to fewer than 3 in 10 (27.1%) of the county's overall population.

This was followed by persons with "Any other White background" (9.5%), non-Chinese Asian (1.7%) and "other including mixed background" (1.5%).

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Over one in three of those with African ethnicity (38.6%) were born in Ireland (22,331 persons), along with 31.3% (2,126) of those with other Black backgrounds.

More than 3.7 million Catholics made up just over 78.3% of the population in April 2016, compared to 84.2% in 2011 - a drop of 132,220 people. That figure represents 10.1% of the population, the second largest category, and has increased by over 4% in the last five years.

The second largest religion after Catholicism is Church of Ireland which grew only marginally from 2,050 in 2011 to 2,079 previous year - up 1.4%. In 2011, the 1,087 people with no religion comprised 2.8% of the county's population.

481,388 people stated that they had no religion (including atheists/agnostics) in the 2016 Census, an increase of 204,151 (+73.6%) on the 2011 Census. Their average age was 33.0 years, making them 2.6 years younger on average than the county's population overall.

As far as other religions are concerned, the number of Church of Ireland members declined (-2%), while there has been a significant increase in the number of people identifying as Muslim (+28.9) and Orthodox (+37.5%) in the last five years. On average, Church of Ireland members in Offaly were five years older (42.2 years) than the overall population in the county.

Dun-Laoghaire - Rathdown has lowest percentage of Catholics, Offaly the highest