Wednesday 13 December 2017

6,204 'have no religion'


THE PAST twenty years have brought an almost six-fold increase in the number of County Wexford people describing themselves as atheists, agnostics, or no religion, according to the latest Census figures published by the Central Statistics Office.

The figures revealed last week show that on Census night last year, a total of 6,204 people in the county marked themselves down as being non-believers. This represents 4.3 per cent of the county's total population of 145,320 and is an almost six-fold increase on the corresponding figure from the census taken in 1991.

Catholicism was entered as the religion for 127,842 people (88 per cent of the total population). There were 5,406 members of the Church of Ireland; 835 members of other Christian churches; 868 Orthodox believers (either Greek, Coptic or Russian); and 597 Musliams.

Meanwhile, the other figures released by the CSO last week concentrated on the Traveller population in the country. These showed that on census night last year, there were 1,504 Travellers in County Wexford, and that of these, 48.2 per cent were aged under 20.

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