Pray for: Ireland

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Dublin
Population: 4,982,904
% 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 %
HDI Ranking: 2 / 189
% Christian: 91.7 %
% Evangelical: 1.5 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 91.7 %
People Groups: 44
Least Reached People Groups: 5
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Ireland

Tier: 1

Type: country

Ireland transformed dramatically in the last 30 years. EU membership and foreign investment helped the economy, and increased contact with Europe and the world. But this new wealth only benefitted some, and many people struggle economically. Cooperation with Northern Ireland (from the late 1990s) led to greater peace, an answer to prayer! The political future of Northern Ireland remains a sensitive issue, but healing, reconciliation, and forgiveness can occur. Pray that all Christians (Protestant and Catholic) might work together towards Kingdom goals.

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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.