Ireland’s global diaspora
– in numbers

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70 million people worldwide belong to the Irish diaspora

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More than 33 million Americans state “Irish” as their ethnic identity

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More than 4 million Americans have a parent or grandparent born in Ireland

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The Irish diaspora in Canada totals 4.5 million or 14 per cent of the population

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There are 400 GAA clubs and 7,000 Irish pubs located around the world

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More than 200 diaspora organisations worldwide are recognised and supported by the Irish government

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35,000 US fans travelled to Ireland for a single college football game in 2012 as part of a previous diaspora initiative

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More than one quarter of a million members of the Irish diaspora returned to Ireland in 2013 in response to a diaspora tourism initiative