The latest Census figures show that the percentage of Irish people who are Catholic has now fallen to seventy-eight per cent-- down from eighty-four per cent in the last Census five years ago.
Those who claim no religion has gone up to ten per cent. Presumably Michael Nugent and his Atheist Ireland buddies will be breaking out the champagne.
I'm actually surprised the first figure is so high and the second figure is so low. I think that must include a huge swathe of purely cultural Catholics.
In terms of the Irish language, 73,803 people now say they speak it daily-- just three thousand fewer people than were in the stadium watching the last Superbowl. It's a reduction of more than three thousand.
Again, it's hard to believe that figure isn't greatly inflated. It certainly doesn't include me.
1.76 million people in Ireland claim they can speak Irish.