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Ireland


Ireland

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 195 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Background

The Republic of Ireland occupies about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The capital is Dublin, located in the eastern part of the island. The state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, one of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, Saint George’s Channel to the south east, and the Irish Sea to the east. The modern Irish state gained effective independence from the United Kingdom—as the Irish Free State—in 1922 following the Irish War of Independence, which resulted in the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Northern Ireland exercised an option (called the Ulster Month) to remain in the United Kingdom. Initially a dominion within the British Empire (later the Commonwealth of Nations), the Free State was granted full legislative independence by the Statute of Westminster 1931. A new constitution was adopted in 1937, by which the name of the state became Ireland. In 1949 the remaining duties of the king—defined by the Executive Authority (External Relations) Act 1936—were removed and Ireland was declared a republic under the Republic of Ireland Act 1948. The state had no formal relations with Northern Ireland for most of the twentieth century, but since 1999 the two have co-operated on a number of policy areas under the North-South Ministerial Council created under the Good Friday Agreement.

Religion

Roman Catholicism 84.2%, No religion, 6.2%, Protestantism 4.6%, Islam 1.1%, Other 2.8%.

Stone-Campbell Presence

Since the 1980’s Tony Coffee has ministered with the Ranelagh Church of Christ in Dublin, which does mission work in India. There is a new church plant in progress as of 2013 in the North of Dublin, led by Scott and Denise Karnes, and Craig and Merschon Hutson. There is also a congregation in Jamestown.

 

Created by Gary Holloway, October 4, 2013

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