Ireland

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Why Ireland Needs the Gospel

  • The smallest percentage of Evangelics among any English-speaking nation: 1.5% of Ireland’s 4.6 million.
  • There are about 450 Evangelical churches in Ireland.
  • There is disunity in Irish Evangelicalism due to associations with Northern Ireland and sectarian conflict.

Ireland is characterised by a predominantly Catholic history, and most of the 91.7% of the population who identify as Christians are part of the Catholic Church. However, in recent times active Catholicism has declined, and now less than 50% go to church weekly. The historic divide between Catholicism and Protestantism is slowly breaking down, and Evangelicalism is growing, partially as a result of immigration. More unity and growth is needed among Evangelicals.

Most statistics taken from Operation World 7th Edition (2010).