Secularization in Ireland: Analyzing the Relationship between Religiosity and Demographic Variables in Ireland from the European Social Survey 2002-2012

By Michael J. Breen and Amy Healy.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behavior patterns of its diverse populations. The core elements are Trust in Institutions; National, Ethnic, and Religious Identity; Political Engagement; Well-being, Health and Security; Socio-political Values; Demographic Composition; Moral and Social Values; Education and Occupation; Social Capital; Financial Circumstances; Social Exclusion; and Household Circumstances. This research includes five rounds of data from 2002 to 2012.

Keywords: Ireland, Religiosity, Survey, Faith, Secularization

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, May 2014, pp.113-125. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 28, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 680.581KB)).

Dr. Michael J. Breen

Dean of Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Limerick (Mary Immaculate College), Limerick, Munster, Ireland

Professor Michael J. Breen is Dean of Arts at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. He holds undergraduate degrees from University College Dublin (Philosophy) and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome (Theology). He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. at Syracuse University. Professor Breen is the national director for Ireland of the European Values Study and director of the Centre for Culture, Technology and Values at Mary Immaculate College. He is a past Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fellow. He is currently the Irish representative of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Social Survey. His books include A Fire in the Forest: Religious life in Ireland (2001) Veritas Publications: Dublin and The Influence of Mass Media on Divorce Referenda in Ireland (2010) Edwin Mellen Press: Lampeter, UK.

Amy Healy

Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick