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FACTS

 *  Over 3.7 million people live in the Republic of Ireland.

 *  Less than 5% of the population claim to be born-again Christians!

 *  Over 92% of the people are professing Roman Catholics.  It is the largest English-speaking Catholic country in the world!

 *  Less than 30 Independent Baptist Churches exist in the country!

 *  Over one-half of the population is under 30 years of age!

 *  Over 40% of the people reside within 60 miles of the capitol city of Dublin!

 

YOUTH, DRUGS, and DRINKING

* 22% of boys and 21% of girls have used inhalants (glues,  chemicals, etc.). This figure is the highest in Europe and  higher than that of the USA.

* Use of alcohol 20 times or more in the last year, has  increased to 39% which is the second highest figure in Europe, Denmark being highest. England was third highest with 36%.

* Teenagers who have been drunk 20 or more times in their  lifetime has increased to 25% (from 19%) which is the  fourth highest in Europe behind Denmark, England and  Finland.

* 32% of Irish girls aged 15 or 16 age engage in binge  drinking, the highest in Europe, with England in second  place.

* Experience of illegal drugs has decreased to 32% (from  37%) but this figure is still the third highest in Europe, behind England and the Czech Republic.

* Smoking in Ireland has increased by 4% with the country  being the ninth highest in Europe.

 

 “…Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”  John 4:35

 

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