When I was a small child I had the impression that the Church was full of Irish. I received my First Holy Communion from an Irish priest and was taught my catechism by Irish nuns. For over a thousand years Irish missionaries played a key role in the evangilization of Europe. Lindisfarne in Northumberland was a Celtic foundation from which two thirds of England received the faith. Then came the Second Vatican Council and its aftermath. Ireland now only boasts one seminary, Maynooth, which is in danger of closure and this year will not see any ordinations in Ireland at all. If you want to see the fruits of the Council then take a look at this series of interviews undertaken by Michael Voris in Dublin.