Offaly is officially the most Catholic county in Ireland

Offaly is officially the most Catholic county in Ireland

In 2011, the 2,581 people with no religion comprised 3.2% of the county's population. In the past five years, the number of people with no religion nearly doubled. This was an increase of 296 (39.3%) on the number in 2011 (753).

That's according to information published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today based on Census 2016.

Meanwhile, the report also shows there were 977 Irish Travellers enumerated in the county in April 2016, unchanged from 2011.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the average age of marriage is much lower in Traveller families, with those families likely going on to have much more children than the average household.

Of those who chose "no religion", over 40% of these were from the Dublin region, with the average age of those selecting this option being 34 - four years younger than those registered as Catholic. Figures from the council show there has been a year-on-year percentage increase in the number of families now sharing accommodation, as well as those on the roadside. By 2016, this had increased to 3,520 people comprising 4.5% of the county's population.

In April 2016, 84.4 per cent of people in Meath indicated a "White Irish" ethnic or cultural background amounted to 163,985 people-an increase of 6,069 on 2011.

Catholicism remains the predominant religion, accounting for 82.5% (69,877) of Laois's population in April 2016.

This was followed by "any other White background" at 9.5 percent, "non-Chinese Asian" at 1.7 percent and "other incl. mixed background" at 1.5 percent.

Those with "Black or Black Irish (African/any other Black background)" comprised 593 persons (0.5%) while 1,423 persons (1.1%) indicated an "Asian or Asian Irish (Chinese/any other Asian background)". Their average age was 37.9 years, making the nearly two years younger on average than the county's population overall.

The 3,845 Church of Ireland members made up 2.4% of Tipperary's population. On average, Church of Ireland members in Leitrim were 5.3 years older (45.1 years) than the overall population in the county.

Muslims (1,825) and Orthodox (1,471) completed the top five.

In newly released figures from 2016 Census data, the CSO have revealed the county with the highest percentage of Catholics, as well as several other details pertaining to religion in the country.

Here is a summary of some of the headline results from Census 2016 for County Longford, together with comparisons for Leinster and the State.

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