Introduction / History Many South Asians have lived in Ireland for a long time. Many children of South Asian origin have been born in Ireland or came to live here when very young. The South Asians in Ireland keep their customs and festivals.
Some of the South Asians in the late 1980s and early 1990s were doctors and medical staff. Most of them came from India and Pakistan. South Asian doctors come to Ireland now as well. Many South Asians also work in the construction industry, other medical work and in computer work. Many students have come to Ireland recently and some continue to live in Ireland when their courses end.
South Asians live particularly in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Athlone and Limerick. They speak in Hindi, Urdu, English and other languages. Their religions are Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity and other religions also.
In the first fifty years of the twentieth century, only a few Indian students came to Ireland to do their courses and then they returned home. From 1990 to 2007, the number of Indian people grew in Ireland as the Irish economy improved and more foreign workers were allowed in. From 2008 onwards fewer Indians have come to Ireland as the Irish economy worsened and because of immigration rules were altered. Most Indians are in the Dublin region.
Before 1990 most Indians came to live in Ireland from northern India, especially from Gujarat and the Punjab. Many Indians work in the clothing business and have small businesses and some work in computers and others in medicine. Many Indians in Ireland now have Indian restaurants.
Prayer Points Pray that the Christians among them give the gospel message to those among them of other religions resulting in them coming to Jesus Christ.