Census 2016 finds slightly more Travellers, fewer Catholics in Co. Tipperary

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2017

Other religions to experience significant increases were Orthodox Christians (up by 37.5% to 62,187) and the Apostolic and Pentecostal category, which increased from just 3,152 persons in 2002 to 13,350 in 2016, an annualised growth rate of over 10.9%, according to the Central Statistics Office, which carries out the Census. Another midland county has the lowest percentage of people with no religion. They made up just under 1 in 100 (0.9%) of the county's population, compared with 0.7% at national level. In 2011, the 5,197 people with no religion comprised 3.3% of Tipperary's population.

The number of Catholics in Louth has fallen by 1.6% in the last five years.

Catholicism remains the predominant religion in Meath, accounting for 82.1 per cent (160,140) of Meath's population, down 0.2 per cent from 2011.

The 2,079 Church of Ireland members in the county made up 1.6% of its total population.

There were more male (534) than female (515) Travellers.

Over half (56.0%) of all Travellers in the county were aged under 20, compared with less than 3 in 10 (28.0%) of the county's overall population.

Of those who chose "no religion", over 40% of these were from the Dublin region, with the average age of those selecting this option being 34 - four years younger than those registered as Catholic.

In April 2016, 84.4 per cent of people in Meath indicated a "White Irish" ethnic or cultural background amounted to 163,985 people-an increase of 6,069 on 2011.

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.

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

Over one in three of those with African ethnicity (38.6 percent) were born in Ireland (22,331 persons), along with 31.3 percent (2,126) of those with "other Black backgrounds". On average, Church of Ireland members in Offaly were five years older (42.2 years) than the overall population in the county.

There were 30,987 usually resident Irish Travellers enumerated in Census 2016, an increase of 5.1% on the 2011 figure (29,495).

Here is a summary of some of the headline results from Census 2016 for County Longford, together with comparisons for Leinster and the State.

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