It says something about the media priorities of modern Ireland that the elevation of a saintly Irishman from Servant of God to Venerable attracts very little publicity in recent times. I am thinking particularly of the case of Fr John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933) who was so elevated on the 7th of November 2014 by Pope Francis. You can read a lot about him here: http://frjohnsullivan.ie/category/meet-john-sullivan/ but the really interesting reference, for me anyway, is the following long quote from the autobiography of a well known Garda Detective, one Gerry O'Carroll. It seems that there must be a really great spiritual battle taking place right now in the heavens for the soul of Ireland. Mostly the good guys are losing of course but the great old Irish saints - and soon to be saints - don't give in easy and maybe break through now and again!