The latest Census results from the Central Statistics Office show that 86.9 per cent of County Louth population is Catholic.
The largest single religion in County Louth was Catholicism with a total of 106,845 persons, the largest number of Catholics in the county since
In total 86.9 per cent of the total population was Catholic, an increase of 7.2 per cent since 2006.
This compared with an increase of 4.9 per cent to 84.2 per cent of the population for the State as a whole.
The total of those with no religion, atheists and agnostics increased more than five-fold between 1991 and 2011 to stand at 5,414 or 4.4 per cent of the population of the county in 2011.
There were 2,179 members of the Church of Ireland in County Louth accounting for 1.8 per cent of the population in the county in April 2011.
The latest results also revealed that the total number of Irish Travellers enumerated in County Louth in April 2011 was 663.
This accounts for 0.5 per cent of the population of the county on census night, compared with 0.6 per cent for the State as a whole.
Of these 307 were male and 356 female.
Just under half of all Travellers (44.3 per cent) in the county were aged under 20, compared to 52.2 per cent for the State as a whole.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO commented,
“This report provides further analysis of two important themes from the census 2011 results.
Firstly it examines religion, looking in detail at the members of different religions, and those who have no religion in Ireland from the point of recent changes, occupations, level of education and other factors.
The second major theme in this report is ethnicity with particular focus on the Irish Traveller population looking in detail at aspects such as marital and family status, household size, education, economic status, disability and living conditions.”
The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census
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