ALMOST 80 per cent of Wicklow's population is Catholic according to latest figures.
The figures released last Thursday from the Central Statistics Office in its series of Census 2011 results, shows that 108,738 people (79.6 per cent) of the County Wicklow population were Catholic.
The publication, 'Profile 7 Religion, Ethnicity and Irish Travellers - Ethnic and Cultural Background in Ireland', presents a profile of the various religions in Ireland along with more detailed results on ethnicity and Irish Travellers in particular.
The figures show the largest single religion in County Wicklow was Catholicism with a total of 108,738 persons, the largest number of Catholics in the county since records began. In total 79.6 per cent of the total population was Catholic, an increase of 5.3 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 three-fold between 1991 and 2011 to stand at 10,770 or 7.9 per cent of the population of the county in 2011.
There were 9,104 members of the Church of Ireland in County Wicklow accounting for 6.7 per cent of the population in the county in April 2011.
The total number of Irish Travellers enumerated in County Wicklow in April 2011 was 721 - accounting 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 354 were male and 367 female.
Just under half of all Travellers (47.2 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 said, ' 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 along with all the data which is available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables by selecting the data and downloading it for their own analysis.