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Column: ‘Poland is probably where Ireland was 20 years ago’

Not to generalise, but Poland is probably where Ireland was 20 or 25 years ago. The Catholic church is still very strong. There’s Mass in the cathedral beside my house at six every morning, and there’s a reasonable crowd. There’s Mass five times on a Sunday, and every one gets a reasonable crowd. There are churches absolutely everywhere – and one thing you wouldn’t see in Ireland is the number of churches that are being built here at the moment. I can’t remember the last time I saw a church being built in Ireland; whereas here you still see it. You also see a lot of priests, a lot of nuns, and they’re young.