IRELAND has been listed as the third most charitable country on earth, according to a new study.
Research conducted by online fundraising platform Savoo shows that the US and the UK are the only two countries considered more generous than Ireland.
The Emerald Isle pips the likes of Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to third spot, offering up a fine reflection of the country's giving nature.
The study took into account a number of charitable indicators, including:
- Average monthly searches for charity
- Number of registered charities
- Foreign aid donations
- Position in the GoFundMe list of donors
- Position in the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index
Ireland is world number one on GoFundMe's donor list, securing the crown for the first time in 2020.
Their report found that Galway was Ireland's most generous town, followed closely by Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Waterford.
Nearly 100,000 searches for charities were entered in Ireland last year, while the country boasts 104 registered charities, more than New Zealand which has a similar population.
The US, which is by some distance the world's most charitable nation, performs fantastically well in all metrics.
There are more than 22,000 registered charities, compared with 2nd-placed UK's 4,000, and they donated $35bn to foreign aid in 2020.