Religion & Religious Practice

What we’re not told about the consequences of atheism

In many ways, atheism is based on the big bluff that you can have your cake and eat it too. In the latest paper from The Iona Institute, Dr Gerard Casey, former head of the Department of Philosophy at UCD, calls this bluff. The bluff is that you can deny the existence of God, and...

Mass-going during and after the pandemic

How many Catholics were attending Mass before the pandemic began? How many have returned in the meantime? How many will come back when this is all over? These were some of the vital questions asked in a new Iona Institute poll conducted by Amarach Research. The results of the survey can be found here.

Religious practice during the lockdown

A poll commissioned by The Iona Institute, looks at how religious practice took place during the lockdown. It was carried out by Amarach Research in April when no-one could attend religious services. It found that 27pc of people had watched religious services, including Mass, online. The results of the survey can be found here.  

A State agency’s unjust attack on religious ethos

State discrimination against religious views and bodies is becoming an issue. Recent reports indicate that Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) is set to withdraw public funding from the Boyle Family Life Centre, an ethos-based service provider of the Diocese of Elphin, which serves the practical needs of both the parish community and the wider...

Attitudes Towards the Catholic Church

Attitudes Towards the Catholic Church

Speech of John Bruton in defence of religious education

This is the text of a speech given by John Bruton on 7th April in defence of religious education. It was given as part of a series of Lenten Lectures, hosted jointly by the Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian parishes of Booterstown, Dublin.

Church attendance in Ireland increases.

A new poll conducted by RedC on behalf of The Iona Institute shows that weekly church attendance has increased from 42 percent to 46 percent in the last 18 months while the number who go at least once a month has jumped from 54 percent to 65 percent.

The benefits of religious practise

Our latest paper is a look at studies attesting to the benefits of religious practise. Called ‘The psycho-social benefits of religious practise’, it has been written by Professor Patricia Casey and it was launched at our conference on religious practise on April 3, 2009. An executive summary of the paper is also available by clicking...

NI religious knowledge poll

A new poll conducted by Millward Brown Ulster on behalf of The Iona Institute the Evangelical Alliance Ireland, and the Evangelical Alliance (Northern Ireland) reveals, for the first time ever, levels of religious knowledge among the general population in Northern Ireland and finds they are even lower than in the South as revealed by our...

Religious Knowledge Poll

A new poll conducted by Lansdowne Market Research on behalf of The Iona Institute and the Evangelical Alliance Ireland reveals, for the first time ever, levels of religious knowledge among the general population and finds an alarming drop-off. Full results of religious knowledge poll with demographic breaks.