Protestantism in Ireland
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20th century decline and other developments
In 1991, the population of the Republic of Ireland was approximately 3% Protestant. The figure in the same geographical area was over 10% in 1891, indicating a fall of 70% in the relative Protestant population over the past century.
The effect of Protestant depopulation in the Republic of Ireland is dramatic. In 1861 only the west coast and Kilkenny were less than 6% Protestant. Dublin and two of the border counties were over 20% Protestant. In 1991, however, all but four counties were less than 6% Protestant; the rest were less than 1%. There are no counties in the Republic of Ireland which have experienced a rise in the relative Protestant population over the period 1861 to 1991. Often, the counties which have managed to retain the highest proportion of Protestants are the ones which started off with a large proportion. In Northern Ireland, only counties Londonderry, Tyrone and Armagh have experienced a significant loss of the relative Protestant population - and in these cases the change is not as dramatic as in the Republic.
21st Century growth
The 2006 census of the Republic of Ireland found that a little over 5% of the nation was Protestant.
- Church of Ireland
- Methodist Church in Ireland
- Presbyterian Church of Ireland
- Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland
- Free Presbyterian Church
- Non-subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland
- Protestant Reformed Church
- Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland
- Independent Baptists
- Elim Pentecostal Church
- Assemblies of God
- Redeemed Christian Church of God
- Plumbline Churches
- Trinity Church Network
- Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim
- Association of Vineyard Churches
- Congregational Union of Ireland
- Church of the Nazarene
- Lutheran Church in Ireland
- Non-Denominational Churches
- Calvary Chapel
- Seventh Day Adventist
- The Salvation Army