While some travellers confine their religious practice to a private space, others will actively seek out the local community to join in communal worship. Which might proof problematic.
Here are some hints where to get into contact with local communities. Please note that all phone numbers are for the Republic of Ireland unless otherwise indicated.
Mainstream Christian Churches
- Roman-Catholic Church
The Roman-Catholic Church is the predominant religion in Ireland, mass will usually be said in every community every Sunday - with some exceptions in Northern Ireland. Contact the Catholic Communications Office for more information.
- Church of Ireland
The Church of Ireland is an Anglican church and represented in most communities - though mass may not be said every Sunday. Contact the Church of Ireland House directly.
- Presbyterian Church
This Protestant church is mainly based in Northern Ireland with scattered communities in the Republic. For some decades the church has been split into two fractions.
Other Christian Churches in Ireland
- Apostolic Church
- Baptists - Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland
- Church of Christ, Scientist at 01-6683695
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
- Coptic Orthodox Church at 01-2866809
- Elim Pentecostal Church
- Greek Orthodox Church
- Jehova's Witnesses - Watchtower House at 01-2810692
- Lutheran Church
- Methodist Church
- Moravian Church
- New Apostolic Church
- Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
- Romanian Orthodox Church
- Russian Orthodox Church
- Salvation Army
- Seventh-Day Adventist Church
- Syrian Orthodox Church
- Unitarian Church
There are also a large number of Adventist and Pentecostal ministries active, most of them amongst the African immigrant population.
Churches Somehow Influenced by Christianity
Jews in Ireland were never very numerous and their number has been declining steadily - contact the Irish Jewish Community website for more details. Also have a look at this articles addressing the theme of Ireland and the Jewish Traveller.
Though Ireland had no Islamic population until fairly recently, immigration has brought a sizeable number of Asian and African muslims to Ireland.
- Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre (Shia)
- Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (Sunni)
- Islamic Foundation of Ireland
You might also want to read this article on Ireland and the Muslim Traveller
Contact the Bahá'í community for more information -again, immigration has led to a sizeable number of followers now living in Ireland.
Apologies for lumping all these together under one heading - they are, however, still fringe religions, despite a large influx of Indian and Chinese immigrants.
- International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna Movement)
- Rigpa Buddhism
- Zen Buddhism
Wicca and Pagan Religions
Persistent rumours regarding the existence of Santeria or Voodoo groups could not be verified.