The island of Ireland, is actually two nations - the Republic of Ireland (population 5 million) and Northern Ireland (population 2 million), which is part of the United Kingdom. While predominantly English speaking, there are a significant number of Irish people who speak Gaelic, also known as the Irish language. It has a history of centuries of occupation and oppression and Protestant/Catholic conflict that pervades the culture. Its small but growing evangelical community and ties to Western Europe make it a strategic and influential location.
While the Church across Ireland is increasingly secular in practice, the Republic of Ireland is predominantly Catholic and Northern Ireland is predominantly Protestant (Presbyterian majority). There is a growing evangelical community, spurred in part by distrust of the Catholic Church following child abuse scandals, the "Celtic Tiger" boom of the early 2000's followed by the economic bust of 2008, and by a high rate of immigration. There is definitely a sense that when the other supports that people had in life, like material wellbeing and work, are pulled out from beneath them, they have found themselves needing spiritual values. Overcoming the pessimism and hopelessness felt by a large part of the population is both a challenge and an opportunity.
Perimeter Church has been actively involved with a community of churches across Dublin since 2011. The focus of the work in Ireland has been to help churches start a movement of Life-on-Life Missional Discipleship in the city by training, equipping, and coaching Dublin church leadership. We also support the work of a local ministry, Sports Across Ireland (SAI) as they build faith, character, and self-esteem into the children of Dublin's most disadvantaged community (Ballymun) through positive athletic and recreational activities.