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    Ireland Click here for the Ireland Mormon Newsroom

    4,042

    Total Church Membership

    0.08% 1-in-1191

    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

    621,448

    Members

    2,150

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    329

    Temples

    3Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,206,148

    Members

    2,139

    Congregations

    Missions

    45Missions

    Family History Centers

    349

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    493,970

    Members

    1,382

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    645

    Temples

    12Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,336,465

    Members

    18,071

    Congregations

    Missions

    182Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,542

    Temples

    110Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    562,341

    Members

    1,253

    Congregations

    Missions

    17Missions

    Family History Centers

    302

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,093,363

    Members

    5,541

    Congregations

    Missions

    95Missions

    Family History Centers

    971

    Temples

    17Temples