Dundalk as it Happens
Catholicism falls in Louth as those without a religion jumps 80%
The number of Catholics in Louth has fallen by 1.6% in the last five years.
That’s according to information published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today based on Census 2016.
They reported that the number of Roman Catholics in the county is down from 106,845 in 2011 to 105,186 last year.
This is despite the population jumping by 4.9% during the same period to 128,884.
This means Catholics now make up 81.6% of the population of Louth, down from 86.9% in 2011.
By contrast the number of people who say they have no religion has risen by 80% from 5,414 to 9,747 in 2016. Those without a religion now make up 7.6% of the county’s population, up from 4.4% in 2011.
The number of those without religion was highest in Dundalk No 3 Urban where there were 330 people in this category, comprising 19.3% of the population of the electoral division. This is an area that takes in the Ardee Road, Anne Street and Oriel Park.
The number who did not state their religion also rose by 80.9%, up from 1,756 in 2011 to 3,176 at the time of the last Census in April 2016.
The second largest religion after Catholicism is Church of Ireland which grew only marginally from 2,050 in 2011 to 2,079 last year – up 1.4%.
Up to third was Muslim which saw its numbers grow from 1,169 in 2011 to 1,825 – an increase of 56.1%.
Orthodox was also up 50.3% from 979 to 1,471 while Presbyterian was up 6.5% from 570 to 607. Hindu also rose by 27.3% from 172 to 219.
The number of Christians fell by 15.2% from 1,506 to 1,277 while Apostolic or Pentecostal was also down 10.5% from 958 to 857.
The number who did not state their religion also jumped by 65.1% from 1,478 to 2,440.