Ireland

Surface:
70285 km2
Inhabitants:
4589002
Capital:
Dublin

Mission
ECM has twelve active missionaries in the southeast of Ireland. They contribute to the growth of the Tramore Bible Church and are developing contacts in Waterford City to start Bible study groups.

ECM Vision
Ireland is, especially since the separation of the North and South in 1922, a Catholic country to the core. To be Irish is to be Catholic. In the last two decades, church attendance has decreased drastically, though, because of several very public scandals and a growing economy.

However, in the current economic crisis, many Irish see that wealth is not the solution to all their questions. There is an openness for new answers.

The last couple of years many small congregations of believers have emerged in Ireland. ECM hopes that these churches will increase in number and in testimony, so that all the Irish will notice that only the Gospel can fill the void in their lives.

Religions

Christian
91.72%
Non-religious
7.26%
Muslim
0.87%

Christians

Catholic
81.72%
Protestantism
0.91%
Orthodox
0.6%

Facts

Economy
High-tech industry and services replaced dairy and farming and tourism as most important. EU membership in 1973; an economic boom since the 1990s has transformed the country, with one of Europe's most succesful growth rates. The juxtaposition of the growth boom ending, of house prices dropping and of the financial crisis 2008-09 caused the economy to significantly contract. But for some, a very uneven spread of the affluence makes life more difficult.

The statistics are meant to give an impression, not to stigmatise. Statistics taken from "Operation World, 7th edition, 2010", see also www.operationworld.org

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