WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter The Central Statistics Office has published its latest report from Census 2016 which focuses on Irish Travellers, Ethnicity and Religion.The report shows a significant drop in the number of Irish Travellers in Donegal while the Catholic population in the county is also down since 2011.There were 588 Irish Travellers enumerated in the county in April 2016. This was afall of 136(-18.8%) on the number in 2011 (724).They made up less than 1 in 200 (0.4%) of the county’s population.There were more male (306) than female (282) Travellers. Almost half (49%) of all Travellers in the county were aged under 20, compared to fewer than 3 in 10 (29.2%) of the county’s overall population.In April 2016, those who indicated a “White Irish” ethnic or cultural background amounted to 140,196 people (89.5% of the county’s population), a decline of 3,654 on 2011.The next largest grouping “Any Other White background” accounted for 8,814persons (5.6%), a decline of 869.Those with “Black or Black Irish (African/any other Black background)” comprised678 persons (0.4%) while 1,527persons (1%) indicated an “Asian or Asian Irish (Chinese/any other Asian background)”. A further 1,357(0.9%) stated they were of “Other, including mixed background” while 3,515(2.2%) did not state their ethnic/cultural background.Religion/ No religion Catholicism remains the predominant religion, accounting for 81.9% (130,317) of Donegal’s population in April 2016. However, this was down from 137,639persons five years previously.The average age of Catholics in the county was 38.4 years, just below the average age of 38.5 years for the county’s overall population.As with the State overall, the next largest group was those with no religion. In 2011, the 5,161 people with no religion comprised 3.2% of Donegal’s population. By 2016, this had increased to 8,172 people comprising 5.1% of the county’s population.Their average age was 36.9years, making them 1.6years younger on average than the county’s population overall.The 6,756 Church of Ireland members in the county comprised 4.2% of its total population.On average, Church of Ireland members in Donegal were almost three years older (41.5 years) than the overall population in the county.Presbyterians (5,877) and Muslims (747) completed the top five. Google+ Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – October 12, 2017 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleConcern over alleged price hikes in accommodation ahead of Irish OpenNext article17 people waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Census report reveals drop in Catholics and Irish Travellers in Donegal Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA
LONDON, England (Reuters) – China’s Gong Lijiao ended her long wait for a global outdoor title when she won the shot put gold medal at the World Championships yesterday, utterly dominating the competition.The 28-old-year had won five silver and bronze medals at the World Championships and Olympics but gold had always eluded her until a chilly, wet night at the London Olympic stadium.Gong made light of the conditions as she broke 19 metres with five of her six attempts and won with a fifth throw of 19.94 metres.There were only two other throws over 19 metres – Anita Marton’s final effort of 19.49 which won silver for the Hungarian and American Michelle Carter’s third throw of 19.14 which took bronze.“It’s a very special moment for me. Of course, the rain affected the competition and that is the reason we didn’t go past 20 metres tonight,” Gong said.” I am glad to show all the hard work I’ve done in the past with this gold medal.”Gong first appeared on the scene as an 18-year-old at the 2007 World Championships where she finished seventh.She won Olympic bronze in Beijing in 2008 and silver in London in 2012 as well as world silver in Beijing two years ago.Gong was agonisingly close to ending that run in Beijing when she threw 20.30m in the opening round but lost out to Germany’s Christina Schwanitz by seven centimetres.