Pray for: Ireland

Flag for Ireland

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Dublin
Population: 5,089,478
% Urban: 63.9 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 21.2 %
Official Language: Irish, English. Irish spoken as a first language by less than 4% of the population; 40% of the Irish population can speak Irish
Languages: 5
Literacy Rate: 99 %
Life Expectancy: 82 yrs (24/236)
HDI Ranking: 8 / 189
% Christian: 91.7 %
% Evangelical: 1.5 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 91.7 %
People Groups: 45
Least Reached People Groups: 5
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Ireland

Tier: 1

Type: country

The sex abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church devastated the nation’s confidence in what was once a deeply trusted institution. Possibly the only things more damaging than this tragic and sinful abuse are the cover-ups and collusion that occurred after these incidents came to the knowledge of Church leaders. Ireland’s Catholic faith was already on a downward trajectory; these scandals may have thrust it into a death spiral. Pray that true repentance, forgiveness and, where possible, restoration might occur on the part of those involved, and that this may lead to purification and redemption of Catholicism in Ireland.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.