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Area: 70,285 sq km

Comprises 80% of the island of Ireland. Northern Ireland is a constituent part of the United Kingdom.

Population: 4,589,002    Annual Growth: 1.85%

Capital: Dublin

Urbanites: 62%

HDI Rank: 5 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 24 (13% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Irish, English. Irish spoken as a first language by less than 4% of the population; 40% of the Irish population can speak Irish    Languages: 5 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Missionaries now work in all 26 counties, but they are mostly focused on the Dublin area. GEM is instrumental in leadership training and church planting, with 16 full-time workers. Other significant missions include AoG, OM, TEAM, IMB, UFM and Christian Associates. Pray for their ability to minister ably, for new congregations to be planted and for long-term investment in indigenous churches and leaders.

Ireland has a long tradition of sending missionaries, from the peregrini of the early Celtic Church onward. But now the number of Catholic missionaries is rapidly declining as is the number of traditional Protestant missionaries, though to a lesser degree. The new churches recognize the need for reaching the unevangelized in their midst and in the wider world. Pray for the release, training and funding of more Irish missionaries and leaders by evangelical churches and fellowships.

     For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Ireland.