Religion. Dublin is the administrative center for Ireland's major religious groupings. The city, like the rest of the nation, is mainly Roman Catholic, however Dublin remains Ireland's most religiously diverse region. About 69 percent of the population identifies itself as Catholic, compared with 90 percent for all of Ireland. Another 16 percent are Protestant, mostly in Northern Ireland but also including members of other religions. About 6 percent are non-religious or atheist, and 5 percent belong to other religions or groups.
About 30 percent of Dublin's residents were born outside of Ireland, mostly in Europe but also including countries across the globe. These foreigners make up one of the strongest populations of ethnic minorities in Europe. The largest groups come from England, Poland, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Ireland, and Russia. About 4 percent of Dublin's residents are Jewish.
Economy. Dublin has a strong economy based on finance and business services. It is also a popular destination for students from around the world, so there is a large influx of tourists during the year. However, construction continues to be one of the cities biggest industries, due to its popularity with visitors. Dublin has more than 500 hotels and guesthouses, many offering budget accommodations.
Transportation. Dublin has excellent public transportation systems that cover the entire city.
Ireland is divided into two major religious groupings. The majority of Irish people are Roman Catholic, with a lesser proportion being Protestant (mostly Anglicans and Presbyterians). The northern province of Ulster, on the other hand, is dominated by Protestants. However, anti-Catholicism has been a problem in many parts of Ireland, especially during periods of political tension or social division.
Catholics make up 95% of the population of Northern Ireland. They are outnumbered by Protestants, but not as badly as you might think: there are about 5 million Catholics in Britain and Ireland, while there are about 6 million Protestants.
In the south of Ireland, where most immigrants live, Catholics account for 99% of the population.
These divisions between Catholics and Protestants have long existed in Ireland, but they were brought to the surface during the recent financial crisis. When the economy was collapsing, Catholics began to be laid off in large numbers from both private and public sectors. This is because many employers in Ireland believe that if they hire a Catholic, they will get good service from him/her, so they can put up wages for others.
Since this bad economic situation continues, it is likely that more and more jobs will be lost. This means that Catholics will continue to be discriminated against even though they make up almost all of the workforce.
Despite being largely Roman Catholic, Ireland today is a multi-cultural nation in which all religions are recognized and respected as playing important parts in the country's socioeconomic make-up. The role that religion has played in shaping who they people are today has been evident through many years of history.
For example, Irish culture was based primarily on Christianity for many years. Therefore, religion was very important to the identity of the people living there. This is why it is not surprising that many of them would rather forget about their past than try to hide it.
Now, for any historical investigation of Ireland to be useful, evidence must be found of places with high concentrations of archaeological material. Unfortunately, because of political changes and wars, much of this evidence has been destroyed over time. However, even in areas where little remains today, evidence of ancient settlements can still be found by looking at how land surfaces have changed over time. For example, if you find layers of rock that are different colors, this may indicate that there was once something buried under there. If you go back later to dig up these rocks, perhaps along the path of a new building project, you might find artifacts such as pieces of pottery or metal objects. These discoveries would help scientists build up a picture of what life was like for those people living here thousands of years ago.
The majority of Irish people are Christian, however: 77 percent identify as Catholic or Protestant, with another 7 percent belonging to other religions or having no religion at all.
In 1171, King Henry II of England issued a decree banning all Jews from entering his kingdom. It is believed that he did so on the advice of his minister, Richard de Nova Scotia, who is said to have argued that allowing Jewish people into Ireland would be like admitting "the son of David" into the kingdom. This ban had the desired effect, as it is thought that fewer than 100 Jews lived in Ireland at the time.
In 1654, the English Parliament passed the Laws Concerning Establishments, which included a clause prohibiting religious groups from receiving grants of land. Although originally intended for Catholics, this provision was used by government officials to prohibit the immigration of Jews into Ireland. In 1838, after much pressure from British authorities, the Catholic Church in Ireland revoked its approval of Jewish marriages. These marriages could not be consecrated legally until both parties were allowed to enter them.
There is no official state religion in Ireland, and the Irish Constitution protects the right of the person to profess and practice a religion. Nonetheless, the Catholic Church and the Irish state share a lengthy history, cultural heritage, and political ties. The Irish language also has official status.
Ireland was originally settled by monks from Ireland's three main religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. During the early years of its existence, Ireland was predominantly Christian. The arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588 led to England taking control of Ireland, which it ruled until 1603 when it was replaced by Scotland. In the following years, Ireland became more dependent on the British government in London, which paid the salaries of some officials but had little influence over government policy.
In 1829, Ireland passed its own constitution, which was approved by a national vote. This constitution required that laws be proposed by the government and approved by two-thirds of both houses of parliament. The president of Ireland also has certain limited powers including the ability to make treaties with other countries. However, since 1937, when Britain and France divided up sovereignty over Ireland, these have been limited to minor matters such as defense and foreign affairs.
Today, Ireland is one of Europe's most religiously diverse countries.
In terms of religion, Ireland is mostly a Christian island. The Republic of Ireland is mostly a Catholic nation. Northern Ireland, on the other hand, has a greater share of Protestant Christians. Both countries' accents are likewise highly distinct. The Irish language is also widely spoken in Ireland but exists also in Northern Ireland.
When Ireland was under British rule, there were many changes to the existing culture and religion. The Irish Catholics were persecuted by the ruling Protestants. This led to many people leaving for America, which had recently become a country. Today, most Catholics in Northern Ireland live there because they fear persecution if they remain in Ulster. Most Protestants in Ireland, however, still live there because they feel like it's their home.
Religion has been very important in creating divisions between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Until the late 20th century, Catholics could not be elected as prime ministers or president of Ireland. They could only hold certain positions within the government. Religion also plays a role in some political protests today. For example, protesters will often wear black clothes to show support for the Catholic Church after any incident where a priest has been killed.
People usually say that Ireland is divided into Catholic Ireland and Protestant Ireland. But these are inaccurate descriptions of how things stand today. In fact, Catholics make up about 95% of Ireland's 32 million people.