The history and culture of Ireland is rich and full of importance not only to the people there, but to the world.
For many, Christianity has slowly receded to a place of heritage and is no longer held as a way of life.
Simply put, we are working there to battle harsh statistics. We are going to be a light to County Kerry, Ireland.
Ireland has the third-highest rate of drug deaths in Europe according to a new study by the EU drugs agency. Ireland has 68 deaths per million people, second only to Estonia and Norway. The EU average is 21. Ireland also has the highest rate of heroin use in Europe. Ireland ranked third in Europe for prevalence of cocaine use among young adults (15-34), behind the United Kingdom and Spain.
Irish adults binge drink more than adults in any other European country, with one quarter reporting that they binge drink every week. Over half of all Irish drinkers have a harmful pattern of drinking, that’s 4 in 10 women and 7 in 10 men who drink, which amounts to an estimated 1,453,250 adults. The highest proportion of binge drinkers is in the 18-29 age group.
Ireland ranks fourth highest in the EU in terms of deaths by suicide amongst young people; that’s according to statistics released today by the National Office for Suicide Prevention. Looking at age groups, the highest suicide rate recorded was among 20- 24-year-old men.
We are called to be a light to County Kerry. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14,16 NIV