Irish in Portugal


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Irish people have contributed significantly to European and world history, especially through preserving literacy and maintaining a Christian witness in Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.

Ireland increasingly came under English rule from the Middle Ages onwards. The whole island was politically united with Britain in 1801. During a series of conflicts in the early 1920s, Ireland was partitioned (between north and south) and the territory which now forms the Republic of Ireland gained self-government. Northern Ireland, which continues to form part of the United Kingdom, experienced an intense and prolonged 30-year conflict – known as the Troubles in the late 20th Century, followed by a successful peace process and the formation of a cross-community government.

There has been an Irish diaspora, especially during the 1840s-1850s potato famine. The Irish economy has improved in recent years making it unnecessary for many to leave the country. The Irish diaspora is far less prominent in the 21st century. A small number have migrated to other European countries like Portugal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There are Irish cultural events sponsored by the Irish embassy in Portugal. They promote Irish culture through poetry readings, music, dance and film. The small Irish community in Portugal can stay in touch with one another through social media.

English is the everyday language for most Irish people. Their ancient Gaelic language is almost forgotten among the Irish diaspora, though it is popular in certain musical genres. Gaelic football, hurling, rugby and soccer are popular sports. The Irish people are well-known for their hospitality, humor and creativity.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In the 5th Century AD, Christianity was established in Ireland by Patrick, a Celtic missionary. Later, Ireland became Roman Catholic. The island's culture has until recently been heavily influenced by Roman Catholicism and, to a lesser extent, Protestantism after the Reformation. The majority of Irish people describe their religious identity as Roman Catholic. Due to the rapid rise of secularism, many have only a nominal faith.

Religious tradition is a significant influence with individuals and families often identifying with Catholicism in a general sense rather than expressing personal faith in Jesus. Irish families are becoming more secular and there is a great need for people to find their real purpose and direction through Jesus.

However, Ireland has been blessed with many revivals throughout history. Revival can move among the Irish throughout the world. A revived Irish church can send out Christ’s ambassadors like they have before.


What Are Their Needs?

Pray for spiritual revival to bless Ireland like it has many times in the past.

Pray that nominal and secular Catholics and Protestants will fully give their lives to Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Irish diaspora to be blessed spiritually and physically by the power and goodness of God.

Pray for the Irish to once again send missionaries to take Christ to the nations.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Irish in Portugal.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_people

https://www.authenticvacations.com/the-7-pillars-of-irish-culture#:~:text=Irish%20culture%20is%20rich%2C%20diverse,heavily%20influenced%20by%20the%20Scots.

https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/portugal/our-role


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Irish
People Name in Country Irish
Alternate Names
Population this Country 1,200
Population all Countries 8,464,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12256
ROP3 Code 104068
Country Portugal
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Portugal
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.80 %)
94.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
6.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language English (1,200 speakers)
Language Code eng   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language English (1,200 speakers)
Language Code eng   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking English

Primary Language:  English

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1530-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1380-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1382-2020)
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Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
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Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
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