Irish Culture

Population Statistics

Ireland

Population

4,757,976

[2016 Census]

Language

English (official)  
Gaelic (official) 39.8%

[2016 Census]

Religion

Roman Catholic 78.3%
No Religion 9.8%
Church of Ireland 2.7%
Other Christianity 2.6%
Islam 1.3%
Other 1.7%

[2016 Census]

Ethnicity

White Irish 82.2%
Other White 9.5%
Asian 2.1%
Black 1.3%
Other 1.5%
Irish Travellers 0.7%
Not Stated 2.6%

[2016 Census]

Cultural Dimensions

28

70

68

35

24

65

Australians with Irish Ancestry

2,410,833

[2021 Census, ABS]

Irish in Australia

Population

80,927

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Ireland.

[2021 Census, ABS]

Median Age

41 

[2016 Census, ABS]

Gender

Male 52.8%
Female 47.2%

[2021 Census, ABS]

Religion

Catholic 67.2%
No Religion 23.6%
Anglican 2.3%
Other Religion 5.0%
Not Stated 1.9%

[2021 Census, ABS]

Ancestry

Irish 96.0%
English 6.1%
Scottish 2.2%
Australian 2.2%
Indian 1.3%

These are the top ancestry responses of Australian residents born in Ireland. Respondents were able to provide up to two answers.

[2021 Census, ABS]

Language Spoken at Home

English 94.8%
Irish 1.6%
Other Languages 2.7%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 90.0% speak English fluently.

[2021 Census, ABS]

Diaspora

New South Wales 33.4%
Western Australia 22.4%
Victoria 21.6%
Queensland 15.6%
Other 7.0%

[2021 Census, ABS]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 1991 36.4%
1991 - 2000 8.0%
2001 - 2010 21.6%
2011 - 2015 20.6%
2016 - 2021 13.4%

[2021 Census, ABS]

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