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    Losing Our Religion - 2016 Census Results

    The CSO has released figures garnered from the Census held last year.

    RTE are reporting the following changes from 2011.

    The number of Catholics fell by over 130,000 and from 84% to 78%

    The number of those saying they had no religion increased by 204,151 to 481,388

    There were 63,443 Muslims, up from 49,204 (up 29%).

    Surprisingly perhaps there were 2,557 Jews, marking an increase of 573(also up 29%).

    The Church of Ireland fell by 2% whilst Orthodox Christians (up by 37.5% to 62,187) and the Apostolic and Pentecostal category both saw large increases.


    https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1012/911813-census/

    This raises a number of questions including but not confined to:

    Is the fall off in Catholicism new or merely a confirmation of what people had already decided in practice, but didn't declare on the Census before?

    Why is the Jewish population increasing so dramatically and, along with the increase in Muslims, what are the implications?
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    People are just realising that religion is a load of old bollocks. A combination of now admitting it, losing religion and people who were raised non religiously and have just made it into the 2016 census.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casablanca View Post
    Why is the Jewish population increasing so dramatically ?
    I wouldn't call 600 a dramatic rise - my guess a lot work for multinationals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casablanca View Post
    The CSO has released figures garnered from the Census held last year.

    RTE are reporting the following changes from 2011.

    The number of Catholics fell by over 130,000 and from 84% to 78%

    The number of those saying they had no religion increased by 204,151 to 481,388

    There were 63,443 Muslims, up from 49,204 (up 29%).

    Surprisingly perhaps there were 2,557 Jews, marking an increase of 573(also up 29%).

    The Church of Ireland fell by 2% whilst Orthodox Christians (up by 37.5% to 62,187) and the Apostolic and Pentecostal category both saw large increases.


    https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1012/911813-census/

    This raises a number of questions including but not confined to:

    Is the fall off in Catholicism new or merely a confirmation of what people had already decided in practice, but didn't declare on the Census before?

    Why is the Jewish population increasing so dramatically and, along with the increase in Muslims, what are the implications?
    I don't see the rise in the Jewish population as "surprising". While we tend to sympathise with the Palestinians, studies (such as by Tel Aviv University's Stephen Roth Centre on Antisemitism) have found little evidence of antisemitism in Ireland compared to other European countries. Also US multinationals and US and UK banking houses moving staff here could account for some of the rise particularly after Brexit.
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    Who cares religion is a load of nonsense which should be discarded into the dustbin, thankfully more and more people are starting to see through such nonsense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razorblade View Post
    Who cares religion is a load of nonsense which should be discarded into the dustbin, thankfully more and more people are starting to see through such nonsense.
    I doubt the Muslim population thinks like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razorblade View Post
    Who cares religion is a load of nonsense which should be discarded into the dustbin, thankfully more and more people are starting to see through such nonsense.
    I deeply admire china and Japan for all their faults at least practice philosophy without forcing it down other people's throats.
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    This thread is a re-heat of this other 240+ page thread, in the very same section of this site.
    10% now admit No Religion

    Merge thread please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casablanca View Post
    The CSO has released figures garnered from the Census held last year.

    RTE are reporting the following changes from 2011.

    The number of Catholics fell by over 130,000 and from 84% to 78%

    The number of those saying they had no religion increased by 204,151 to 481,388

    There were 63,443 Muslims, up from 49,204 (up 29%).

    Surprisingly perhaps there were 2,557 Jews, marking an increase of 573(also up 29%).

    The Church of Ireland fell by 2% whilst Orthodox Christians (up by 37.5% to 62,187) and the Apostolic and Pentecostal category both saw large increases.


    https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1012/911813-census/

    This raises a number of questions including but not confined to:

    Is the fall off in Catholicism new or merely a confirmation of what people had already decided in practice, but didn't declare on the Census before?

    Why is the Jewish population increasing so dramatically and, along with the increase in Muslims, what are the implications?
    Warning: Take anything these people tell you with a grain of salt....

    However going on what they claim they found we see the number without religion went up by 277,237

    - of which some 130,000 were Catholics

    So more than 50% of the loss of religion is amongst non Catholics

    - who make up some 20% of the population of the State

    It is clear that if these figures are taken at face value

    - then the Catholic religion is not the one losing adherents at any rate the loss

    - that other belief systems are suffering...
    Last edited by Catalpast; 12th October 2017 at 02:49 PM.
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