Monday, June 4, 2012

Catholic Ireland: 1932 versus 2012

From http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0602/1224317105928.html

 
How many Catholics?
2011 84.2% Proportion of the population – or 3,861,300 people – who said they were Catholic in the 2011 census

1930s 93.5% Proportion of the population – or 2,773,920 people – who said they were Catholic in the 1936 census

1920s 92.6% Proportion of the population – or 2,751,269 people – who said they were Catholic in the 1926 census

LOUGH DERG: 1952 was the most successful year, with 34,645 pilgrims. A one-day retreat that Lough Derg introduced in 1992 may account for some of the reduction in numbers. About 4,000 people went that year. After reaching 12,645 in 2000, numbers have dropped; last year 8,321 people went on the one-day retreat
Numbers going on the island’s three-day pilgrimage
1932 12,316
1960 25,878
1990 25,390
2011 8,311
KNOCK SHRINE The advent of the car saw a big increase in visitors to the Marian shrine in Co Mayo. Judging by inquiries, the shrine expects an increase in group visitor numbers of up to 3,000 in the week before and the week after this month’s Eucharistic congress. Individual visitors will further boost these figures
1930s 250,000-300,000 a year
2011 1.6 million
Sex before marriage: Always wrong?
1970s 71% Percentage of respondents who said yes in 1973-74
2000s 6% Percentage of respondents who said yes in 2004-05
Ireland in churches
1930s 2,473 Number of Catholic churches in Ireland’s 26 dioceses (covering 32 counties) in 1932
1960s 2,534 Number of Catholic churches in Ireland’s 26 dioceses in 1964
2010s 2657 Number of Catholic churches in Ireland’s 26 dioceses in 2011

Sources: Central Statistics Office; Irish Catholic Directory; Department of Education; Families in Ireland

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