Re: Ireland in "Top Ten" Countries for Atheisim - Less than 50% say they are "religious" - Red C Poll
Look at the 'Venerable' Mattie Talbot who when he collapsed and died in the street in Dublin was found to have chains wrapped around his body under his clothes. Apart from that I gather he existed mostly on cups of tea or cocoa.
This chap is known to the dingbat club in Ireland as the 'Venerable' or someone to be admired because he was a drunk who went dry and in the process went off the rails and into what in any logical society would be called a process of self-harming.
There was a man who was quite clearly in need of psychiatric treatment and instead is held up as some kind of ethical example by the more fervently minded.
The old people in Ireland had a piece of wisdom which led them when confronted by someone behaving a bit bizarrely to tap the side of their heads and say to each other 'ah, shur, he is closer to god'.
No truer word. Best bit of psychological diagnosis available in the country for many a decade
Think National. Act Local. Oh- and superstition is just the dark matter of human history.