OK - another thing I'd like to raise/ask is how people here see the state of the Faith in Ireland today. To kick things off, I'm pasting in a comment from a twenty something Irishman I found at another forum that hit me pretty deeply. He wrote: "Unfortunately I wouldn't be too optimistic about the faith's prospects in Ireland. And I don't think it's just my gloomy temperament. There is a real hostility to Catholicism here among my parent's generation. It is very rare now to see a priest wear his collar in public. Among my own generation of 20-somethings there is contempt or indifference. Religious education programmes are fatuous. I certainly didn't take it seriously then. Virtually no one of my generation has been catechised in any meaningful way. My friends' ideas about Christianity are often ideas picked up from American TV which actually refer to Protestantism. The notion that Catholicism has a rich intellectual tradition is scoffed at. Our Constitution, with its references to the Holy Trinity and natural law, is regarded in all respectable circles as an embarrassment at best. Granted, Roger Buck is right about the Dublin/rural division. There's still a very remarkable difference and it's lovely to see. But Dublin increasingly dominates the country, both demographically and culturally. And even along the West coast of Ireland, which I regard as the last bastion of civilization, the new generation is being mentally and spiritually shaped by Anglo-American media culture." I am genuinely curious what others make of this. I myself tend to see a lot of truth in it - but perhaps I am too gloomy?