Irish

The Irish have always been a passionate people who pride themselves in their history of local wars. The early religious practices came from the spiritualistic Druid religion, and the Irish ballads still reflect their lusty outlook on life.

AFM has ministered to the Irish people since 2000.

About the People

The native Irish people are a mixture of several ethnic backgrounds. From north of the Alps, the Celts invaded early on, only to be dominated by the Vikings from Scandinavia, then the Normans from what is now France and, finally, the Anglo Saxons from what is now Great Britain. Even a Spanish line runs through the Irish from the Sailors of the Spanish Armada that came to ruin off the Irish coast. Each of these invading waves brought its own cultural and genetic characteristics, and in turn, each became Irish as the years went by.

The Irish have always been a passionate people who pride themselves in their history of local wars. The early religious practices came from the spiritualistic Druid religion, and the Irish ballads still reflect their lusty outlook on life. In the 5th and 6th centuries, Christianity spread widely through Ireland and Scotland. The Celtic Christians were Sabbath-keepers deriving their doctrine from the Bible. The famous Patrick and Columba were Sabbath-keepers. By the 7th century, the Roman church had almost completely taken over the Celtic centers of learning and a long night of darkness descended on the Irish people.

Enduring spiritual domination of the Roman church and centuries of economic and political turmoil, the Irish have suffered deeply for centuries. While outgoing and friendly, the Irish express a deep spiritual pain that keeps the pubs much fuller than the churches.

People-Group Stats

  • Population: 5.4 million
  • Language: English
  • Religion: 95% Roman Catholic

Project Update

Entered area in 2000

Incorporated into SDA church in 2012

  • Churches — 2
  • Groups — 4
  • Members — 25

Previously served here

  • Elaina Myers

    Short-Term Missionary from 2017-2018

  • Ava Jennings

    Short-Term Missionary from 2017-2018

  • Abbie Hayes

    Student Missionary for 2016

  • Alyssa Adams

    Short-Term Missionary for 2015-2016.

  • Róisín Ferguson

    Short-term Missionary from 2015-2016

  • Reagan O’Malley

    Short-term Missionary since 2014

  • Eva McGuire

    Student Missionary from 2014-2015.

  • Thelma Woodworth

    Student Missionary from 2014-2015.

  • Wilma Ledbetter

    Student Missionary from 2014-2015.

  • Allen Miller

    Student Missionary from 2014-2015.

  • Kevin & Vicki Wiley

    Career Missionaries from 2001-2005.

  • Elizabeth Ferguson

    Short-term Missionary from 2013-2015

  • Patrick & Bridget Dysert

    Career Missionary since April 2005.

  • Sean & Fiona O’Brian

    Career Missionaries since 2007.

  • Pilgrim & Faith Singh

    Career Missionaries since 2012.

  • Chet Stickle

    Student Missionary from 2011-2012.