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Also known as: Irland (Deutsch), l’Irlande (français), Irlanda (español, Italiano, Português), Irlandia (polski), Éire (Gaeilge), 愛爾蘭 (正體中文), アイルランド (日本語), Hibernia (latine)

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Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (4)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (20)

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Roman Rite (24): Achonry, Ardagh–Clonmacnois, Armagh, Cashel and Emly, Clogher, Clonfert, Cloyne, Cork and Ross, Derry, Dublin, Elphin, Ferns, Galway and Kilmacduagh–Kilfenora, Kerry, Kildare and Leighlin, Killala, Killaloe, Kilmore, Limerick, Meath, Ossory, Raphoe, Tuam, Waterford and Lismore

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Apostolic Nunciature: Ireland Archbishop Luis Mariano Montemayor (67)

Conference of Bishops: Irish Episcopal Conference Archbishop Eamon Martin (62)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Commissio Episcopatuum Communitatis Europææ (COM.E.C.E.) Bishop Mariano Crociata (70)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Consilium Conferentiarum Episcopalium Europæ (C.C.E.E.) Archbishop Gintaras Linas Grušas (62)

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Cardinal Seán Baptist Brady (84)Seán Baptist Brady (84)

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Roman-Rite Church Shrines in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy


Patron Saints: Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid of Kildare, Saint Columbkill, Saint Columbanus

Saints: 124 Saints, 24 Blesseds

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Continent: West Europe

Capital: Dublin

Area: 68,883 km²

Population: 5,011,102

Neighbouring Countries: Iceland Iceland, ↑ Northern Ireland Northern Ireland, ↗ Isle of Man Isle of Man, → England England, ↘ Wales Wales

Cultural Summary

Religions: Roman Catholic 78.3%, Church of Ireland 2.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Orthodox 1.3%, Muslim 1.3%, other 2.4%, none 9.8%, unspecified 2.6%

Languages: English (official, the language generally used), Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official, spoken by approximately 39.8% of the population as of 2016; mainly spoken in areas along Ireland's western coast known as gaeltachtai, which are officially recognized regions where Irish is the predominant language)

Ethnic Groups: Irish 82.2%, Irish travelers 0.7%, other white 9.5%, Asian 2.1%, black 1.4%, other 1.5%, unspecified 2.6%

Statistics (Ireland, Northern Ireland) (2021.12.31)

Area: 84,405 km²

Catholic Population: 5,657,000 Catholics (76.1% of 7,435,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 1,356 parishes, 10 other centres

Clergy: 57 bishops (23 diocesan, 34 titular), 3,827 priests (2,246 diocesan, 1,581 religious), 116 permanent deacons (113 diocesan, 3 religious)

Non-Clergy: 5,263 religious (439 brothers, 4,824 sisters), 19 members of secular institutes (sisters), 109 major seminarians, 17 missionaries, 1,386 catechists


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