I know there has been a LOT, such a heart rendering lot of negative news for Catholics in Ireland of late but I want to open a thread to celebrate the remaining, wonderful Catholics and Catholic culture in Ireland. I think it's important to remind ourselves that the Catholic Church in Ireland may be shrinking in the the numbers of faithful but we WILL be here, in this country, worshipping God and following His law until the last day., despite what certain groups may wish upon us. For example, I'm on holiday at the moment and in the newsletter of the little rural parish church I attended this morning for Mass was a paragraph from the priest saying that some of the parishioners had asked him to reinstate the Communion rail to facilitate kneeling and the reverent reception of Communion and he was seriously considering it. How my heart lifted to read it!!