Non-Irish nationals accounted for 8.7 per cent of the population of Rathdowney compared with a national average figure of 12.0 per cent. UK nationals (38) were the largest group, followed by Polish (34).
Over400 persons said they could speak Irish and of these 146 spoke the language daily. Almost 90 spoke a language other than Irish or English at home and of these 23 could not speak English well or at all. Polish was the most common foreign language spoken at home.