Even though there is still a high attendence level at Catholic churches in Ireland, there is certainly a serious crisis looming in terms of recruiting preists with many serving through illness and extreme old age. There are only two seminaries left in Ireland – in Maynooth and St Malachy’s in Belfast with a handful of novices beginning at the Irish College in Rome.
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