The Central Statistics Office has released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that 143,383 people representing 90.3% of the County Tipperary population were Catholic.
The publication, â€œProfile 7 Religion, Ethnicity and Irish Travellers â€“ Ethnic and Cultural Background in Irelandâ€, presents a profile of the various religions in Ireland along with more detailed results on ethnicity and Irish Travellers in particular.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO: â€œThis report provides further analysis of two important themes from the census 2011 results.
Firstly it examines religion, looking in detail at the members of different religions, and those who have no religion in Ireland from the point of recent changes, occupations, level of education and other factors.
â€œThe second major theme in this report is ethnicity with particular focus on the Irish Traveller population looking in detail at aspects such as marital and family status, household size, education, economic status, disability and living conditions.â€
The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census along with all the data which is available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables by selecting the data they are interested in and downloading it in an easy to use format for their own analysis.
Ms Cullen concluded â€œThis report again underlines the fact that Ireland has an increasingly diverse population where changing cultures and religious beliefs play an important part. The report provides yet more analysis and results from census 2011 on these themes and contains important information on Irelandâ€™s largest indigenous ethnic group. Further details on these results, and all census data, from county level right down to town, electoral division and Small Area level is available on the census page of the CSO web site.â€
Some results for County Tipperary:
The largest single religion in County Tipperary was Catholicism with a total of 143,383 persons, the largest number of Catholics in the county since 1911. In total 90.3% of the total population was Catholic, an increase of 4.5% since 2006. This compared with an increase of 4.9% to 84.2% of the population for the State as a whole.
The total of those with no religion, atheists and agnostics increased almost five-fold between 1991 and 2011 to stand at 5,197 or 3.3% of the population of the county in 2011.
There were 4,035 members of the Church of Ireland in County Tipperary accounting for 2.5% of the population in the county in April 2011.
The Irish Traveller population
The total number of Irish Travellers enumerated in County Tipperary in April 2011 was 604 - accounting for 0.9% of the population of the county on census night, compared with 0.6% for the State as a whole. Of these 307 were male and 297 female.
More than half of all Travellers (57.3%) in the county were aged under 20, compared to 52.2% for the State as a whole.