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


The number of Catholics living in Ireland fell by more than 130,000 between 2011 and a year ago, according to the latest census figures. Dublin city and suburbs had the largest number of Irish Travellers with 5,089 persons. They made up fewer than 1 in 100 (0.7%) of the county's population, which was the same as at national level.

The numbers of Travellers in Kilkenny rose by 12.8% in Kilkenny between the years 2011 and 2016, according to new data from the most recent Census.

There were a total of 772 Irish Travellers in Co Louth at the time of the last Census in April 2016, up 17.1% from 659 in 2011. This was an increase of 296 (39.3%) on the number in 2011 (753).

There were more male (661) than female (642) 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.

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.

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More than 3.7 million Catholics made up just over 78.3 per cent of the population in April a year ago, compared with 84.2 per cent in 2011 - a drop of 132,220.

They now make up 10% of the population, making them the second largest category in the breakdown of affiliations under the "Religion" heading in the Census. That's up from a figure of 157 families in 2015, while the figure was 170 families the two years previous.

Over one in three of those with African ethnicity (38.6%) were born in Ireland (22,331 persons), along with 31.3% (2,126) of those with other Black backgrounds. The average age of Catholics in the county was 40.6 years, slightly above the county's overall average age of 40.2 years. By 2016, this had increased to 2,397 people comprising 7.5% of the county's population. In 2011, the 1,087 people with no religion comprised 2.8% of the county's population.

There were more male (502) than female (475) Travellers in Meath and nearly half (49.9 per cent) of all Travellers in the county were aged under 20, compared to 31.9 per cent of the county's overall population.

The 2,079 Church of Ireland members in the county made up 1.6% of its total population. On average, Church of Ireland members in Longford were 3.8 years older (41.2 years) than the overall population in the county.

There were 63,443 Muslims in April 2016, up from 49,204 five years previously.