Irish in Ireland

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People Name: Irish
Country: Ireland
10/40 Window: No
Population: 4,170,000
World Population: 8,516,000
Primary Language: English
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 95.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.16 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Anglo-Celt
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
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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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

English has been the everyday language for the Irish people since the late 1700s. The Irish language (Gaelic) is taught in all primary and secondary schools in the Republic and many schools in Northern Ireland. Gaelic is one of the three ancient languages of Europe to survive to the present time. The other two are Latin and Greek.

Family life is important, and brothers and sisters are close, often living nearby. Ireland has an advanced economy, driven by inward investment in towns and cities, but a relatively large number of people continue to live in rural areas and are involved in agriculture.

Tourism is a major source of income in Ireland. Gaelic football, hurling, rugby and soccer are popular sports. The Irish are well-known for their hospitality 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 give their lives fully 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.

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