CSO publishes figures on Mayo Travellers, ethnicity and religion

CSO publishes figures on Mayo Travellers, ethnicity and religion

Those without a religion now make up 7.6% of the county's population, up from 4.4% in 2011. This was a slight increase on the 69,422 persons five years previously.

The number of Catholics living in Ireland is decreasing, according to the latest Census figures.

The data corresponds with figures from Kilkenny County Council earlier this year indicating the Travelling Community here has grown substantially in recent years.

'The most Catholic county in Ireland' has been revealed in newly released figures from the Central Statistics Office.

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Census 2016 also showed that Travellers were more urbanised than the general population with nearly 8 in 10 (78.6%) living in cities or towns (of 1,500 or more), compared with 62.4% of the total population.Dublin city and suburbs had the largest number of Irish Travellers with 5,089 persons.This was followed by Galway city and suburbs with 1,598 persons and Cork city and suburbs with 1,222.

More than 30% of Travellers aged 15 to 29 were married, compared with 5.8% of the general population.

The report also details how both the proportion and total number of Catholics have fallen since 2011, with Catholics comprising 78.3% of the population in April 2016, down from 84.2% in 2011, while the number of people with no religion (including atheists and agnostics) increased by 73.6% to stand at 481,388 in 2016.

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The average age of Catholics in the county was 37.5 years, compared with the overall average age of 37.2 years.

This was followed by "any other White background" at 9.5 percent, "non-Chinese Asian" at 1.7 percent and "other incl. mixed background" at 1.5 percent.

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.

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".

Members of the Church of Ireland decreased slightly, as did the number of Presbyterians. Their average age was 35.3 years, making them 2.1 years younger on average than the county's population overall. On average, Church of Ireland members in Laois were 4.3 years older (39.9 years) than the overall population in the county.

Muslims (1,825) and Orthodox (1,471) completed the top five.

Above summary of some of the headline results from Census 2016 for Co Laois, together with comparisons for Leinster and the State as a whole are attached for information.

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