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    Ireland Click here for the Ireland Mormon Newsroom

    3,903

    Total Church Membership

    0.08% 1-in-1234

    Population vs. Church Members

    1

    Stakes

    13

    Congregations

    5 Wards
    8 Branches

    3

    Family History Centers

    3

    History

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first arrived in Ireland in the summer of 1840 with the arrival of Elder John Taylor of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Newry.

    Two months later, the first congregation was established in Hillsborough with 35 members and by 1842 there were 71 members reported in Hillsborough and Crawfordsburn. In 1850, a Church unit was set up in the city of Dublin followed by others in Counties Westmeath, Offaly and Limerick.

    However, with the encouragement of the Church, the majority of members emigrated to the United States and it was not until the early 1900s that another branch was organised in Dublin, made up largely of German immigrants, many of whom were pork butchers.

    Earlier, in 1865, Charles A. Callis had been born in Dublin. Later in his life, he became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Ireland is one of only six countries outside the United States where a Mormon apostle has been born.

    Emigration continued for the first half of the 20th century and it was not until the 1960s that the Church began to experience serious growth with an increase in membership from less than a thousand at the beginning of the decade to around four thousand at the end. Most of this development took place in Northern Ireland.   

    Today, the Church in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has more than 8,000 members, many of whom are third or fourth generation. Hundreds of them have served (or are serving) missions in many lands across the world. The Church is now organised and well-established in congregations that can be found throughout the island.

    Contacts

    John Connolly
    Director of Public Affairs, Ireland
    Email
    Phone: +35385 1561873

    Terry McKenna
    Director of Public Affairs, Northern Ireland
    Email
    Phone: +44790 5978497

    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    578,944

    Members

    2,010

    Congregations

    Missions

    32Missions

    Family History Centers

    281

    Temples

    3Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,181,411

    Members

    2,124

    Congregations

    Missions

    44Missions

    Family History Centers

    336

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    512,269

    Members

    1,408

    Congregations

    Missions

    42Missions

    Family History Centers

    704

    Temples

    12Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,254,663

    Members

    18,167

    Congregations

    Missions

    192Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,530

    Temples

    109Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    552,825

    Members

    1,251

    Congregations

    Missions

    18Missions

    Family History Centers

    299

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,038,057

    Members

    5,546

    Congregations

    Missions

    94Missions

    Family History Centers

    941

    Temples

    17Temples