I don't want to be a 'Protestant' — 7 Comments

  1. When I was still young, many thousands of years ago, RCs. were those that went to the church down the road or to the big church up the High Road, other than that no difference, as far as I am concerned there is still no difference , and yes I am still an old fashioned Labourite.

  2. Ouch! Ian

    That all sounds like it might be rather painful once the ‘local’ wears off! I do hope it heals up fine and the result is good.

    How well I know the banter that goes on around an operating table. It’s fine until they all start being a little too ‘nice’ and then you know you’re really in trouble!

    I agree with you about labels and I feel Ireland specialises in attaching significance to names.

    Take it easy tomorrow – you’ve got two excuses now! 😀

  3. Wow, I think that’s a very Irish thing. I’d never associate someone’s religion with their name. Although here for instance, if you are of middle eastern appearance, the assumption is that you’re a muslim, when many are in fact Christian! Hope your hole heals. Sounds a bit dramatic, I’d have put my hand up for the general I think!

  4. When we lived in America and owned an ‘Irish’ pub most of our staff were Irish. Whenever I was hiring new people (mostly chefs or bar staff) the employees would always inquire after the interview where the person was from in Ireland, or which county – I would look at the person’s CV and answer “I don’t know, it doesn’t say, but he went to X or Y college”. The staff would be outraged that I hadn’t inquired, it would be the first question out of their mouths if they were doing the interviewing. As time went on I decided that just to please the gang I would ask the question at the next interview. The time came and a nice young guy fresh off the boat came for an interview. “Where are you from in Ireland” I enquired “County Meath” was his reply. It meant nothing to me, but I duly noted it on his resume to updated the others later.
    As soon as he left one of the bar tenders approached me, “So, where’s he from?” “ah ha! I asked him” proud of myself with the information “he’s from County Meath!”
    “Where abouts in Meath?” came the cry from 4 other members of staff behind the bar.
    I couldn’t win!

  5. In the sixties here both at work and in a C. of I.
    group my maiden name was presumed to be Catholic,most
    people with it would be. This led me to hastily telling my boss I was Protestant one day when he started to say something very uncomplimentary about Prods!
    I found out years later from someone that because the leading light of the Protestant group I was in assumed I was the Catholic girlfriend of another Protestant member,that is why my offers of help there were never accepted.
    I brought my own two up in the seventies only knowing that all the churches in our area were Christian, like ours,never mentioning our denomination or that of our neighbours, or that of each church building, or the differences in branches of the Christian faith.
    There had been enough of that kind of dividing people by category of religion in Ireland by then for me,the
    Troubles between sides going on in the North then too.
    Have we not moved on yet from still categorising others here by denomination?

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