Irish Catholic Church
During the years by listening and
searching churches - and having many contacts to Ireland - I have
learned a lot of Irish Catholic Church.
No need to write the history. Wikipedia
It has been a big surprise to me how
active the parishes are, comparing to Finland. No matter how small or big the community
around the church is, there are a lot of activities. Of course the biggest parishes
have more many kind of groups and organizations for people, for
educational, health or hobby purposes. Many of them have even own
schools and hospitals etc. Dozens or even hundreds parishioners take
part of the volunteer working.
The amount of the daily Masses in also
very high - daily Masses even twice - and even more in the weekends.
Here an example of
the parish groups of St Conleth's Parish, Newbridge (Co Kildare).
Also there have been many interesting
details among the individual churches and also villages. Many churches
have colourful history - for the founder, for the happenings around it
- or the saint for the church is named.
One example: St Oliver Plunket Parish is
named by Oliver Plunket who was beatified 1600-century and his body
parts are still around Europe. Also some churches have significant
role in turbulent happenings in Northern Ireland.
The most generous people
Among the big activity in the parishes the
Irish people are also very generous. I have noticed it from the church
collections when the priests announce weekly collection Euros, usually
thousands in big parishes..
So, it seems to be a clear facts that the Irish are the most generous
people in Europe.
One example: When I heard very little
Gusserane Parish, there were an announcement of the meeting in local
pub for "The Children of Chernobyl" ! I've never thought that anybody
ever had any collection for them!
I found several articles and news of Irish
"Year of Positive Ireland: Day 67
Most generous country in Europe" (June 2014)
"Ireland is the most generous
country in Europe, says World Giving Index"
"Ireland ranked the most generous
country in Europe for third year running"
I have heard a lot of Irish villages
announced (or small areas of the villages) in parish notices during
the Masses. Many times I have had to give up to understand how the
name is written.
-The easiest names are of course English
names or anglicisations of Irish Gaelic language names.
-The names of Irish Gaelic origin are
impossible! Even several palces given might give you nothing. When you
hear the village names like Aughagower, Claddaghduf, Knockcloghrim or
Cloonsheerevagh you simply can not type them to google-search to find
-Much easier the challenge is with the
names of Norse origin, based on the presence of the Vikings from
Scandinavia (800-900 centuries), like Leixlip, which is given by them.
The village-names are listed in internet,
that helps a little:
Villages in Ireland and
Villages in N.Ireland