Hinduism is one of the fastest growing religions in Ireland and it grew over 34 per cent from 2011 to 2016, according to Census 2016 Summary Results by Central Statistics Office (CSO) of Government of Ireland reportedly published on April six.
Only other religion which grew faster than Hinduism during this period was Orthodox. Religious groups whose population declined during this period included Roman Catholics (the predominant religious group in the country), Church of Ireland, Christian, Presbyterian and Apostolic or Pentecostal. “No religion” grew by nearly 74 per cent numbering 468,421 people with no religion, while “Not stated” also grew by about 72 per cent. Number of Irish Catholics fell by 105,800; this results report indicates.
Per this report, which presents the first results of the 2016 census which was held on April 24 last year, there are 14,300 Hindus now in Ireland.
Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, commending the Irish Hindu community for their contributions to the society and nation in Ireland.
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While Hinduism begins gaining ground out of Hindu-majority India, Nepal and Mauritius, a new development is taking place in India, where the Hindu groups are quietly working to bury casteism with some blessings of the ruling party BJP. In short, adherents of Hinduism are witnessing history in motion across the world.
We had earlier reported that there was a 75.7% percent increase in the total Hindu population in Ireland between the period of 2006-2011. In 2011, the total Hindu population of Ireland was 10, 688 while Muslim population grew from 32,539 in 2006 to 49,204in 2011.