86.7% OF CO MONAGHAN POPULATION IS CATHOLIC, CENSUS SHOWS

26 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The number of people living in Co Monaghan who profess Catholicism as their religious faith is at its highest in a century, according to census statistics published this week.
The latest release of Census 2011 results shows that 52,440 people, representing 86.7% of the county’s population, are Catholic.
At a time when religious observance, particularly in the Catholic faith, carries the popular perception of being on the wane, the statistic is a striking one.
It may be influenced by the influx in recent years of economic migrants from European countries and other parts of the world where Catholicism is the majority religious faith, although the influence of this factor is not made explicit in the latest Census profile, “Religion, Ethnicity and Irish Travellers”.
The statistics show that the county has its largest number of Catholics since 1911, with the Catholic population increasing by 6.9% since the 2006 Census.
This compares with an increase of 4.9% – to 84.2% – of the population for the State as a whole.
However, the total of Co Monaghan people who say they have no religion, or are atheists or agnostics, has increased more that four-fold in the last decade to stand at 1,469, or 2.4% of the population.
Census 2011 showed that there are 1,911 members of the Church of Ireland in Co Monaghan, accounting for 3.2% of the population.
TRAVELLER POPULATION
The total number of Irish Travellers enumerated in Co Monaghan in April 2011 was 258 – accounting for 0.4% of the population of the county on census night, compared with 0.6% for the State as a whole. Of these 143 were male and 115 female.
Just under half of all Travellers (45%) in the county were aged under 20, compared to 52.2% for the State as a whole.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the Central Statistics Office said the latest Census 2011 findings underline the fact that Ireland has an increasingly diverse population, where changing cultures and religious beliefs play an important part.
Further details on these results, and all census data, from county level right down to town, electoral division and small area level is available on the census page of the CSO web site at www.cso.ie/census, which also includes information on how the census was conducted, and how and by whom the data collated is used. Census 2011 was the 26th census in Ireland, the first being carried out in 1821.
There was a Census every ten years up to 1946 (with a gap between 1911 and 1926) and every five years since 1951. New EU requirements led to a census in every EU country in 2011.

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