A Letter from Ireland:

2 Tales about Religion in Ireland (#105)


Welcome to Season 1, Episode 5 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina and Mike Collins look at Religion in Ireland! But, don’t worry – we’ll bring it to life by taking two stories with two remarkable individuals at the heart of each story.

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We are delighted to bring you Episode 5 of The Letter from Ireland Show – a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from our cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!).

Listen to the Audio.

You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play button (the triangle with the circle around it) below.You can also download the show onto your computer by clicking on the download button. Enjoy!

Read The Letters.

In this episode, Mike and Carina read from two of our letters from Ireland. Click on the titles below to see the full transcript of each letter so you can read along:

Letter 1: Religion in Ireland – A Methodical Approach.

In this letter, we look at one of Ireland’s minority religions – and the story of a man who embodied it’s principles.

Letter 2: A Story of County Cork, Quakers, Famine and the state of Pennsylvania.

In this letter, we look at the connection between County Cork and the state of Pennsylvania – all connected by one man who “found his religion” in Cork.

Join The Conversation.

Do feel free to leave a comment or question in the section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Slán for now,

Mike and Carina.


  • Beth says:

    Thanks so much! I truly enjoyed listening to the podcasts while enjoying a cuppa Starbucks (tea is later on in my day). Meandering is great as it seems like we’re actually sitting together in conversation.
    Athbliain faoi mhaise dhuit

  • Virginia says:

    Interesting letter topics this week. “Thank you, for the information. Have a blessed and prosperous 2016.

  • Jane says:

    Love the Irish accent!! Good information about the Methodist. My Irish grandmother married a non-Catholic originally from Toronto. He did convert but considering when they were married- the late 1800’s, it was not a common event.

    • Mike says:

      Delighted you enjoyed it Jane. In Ireland, the spouses in most mixed marriages did not always convert – but the children were typically brought up as Catholic. Mike.

  • Sandy Kennedy LaFerriere says:

    Just got to listening to the letters today! I’m running behind I think!!
    Wonderful letter about the religions! Wow! So much to learn! I went to the Methodist church as a little girl because that was the church in town.
    When I was away at highschool, I went to the Baptist Church…….because it was the only church in that little town!
    I married Roman Catholic, and converted. It is only fair to say that I am a bit of each! That’s a good thing I think.

    Thank you again for the “time around the table” and the tea! Lovely!


    • Mike says:

      No problem with running behind Sandy – all the listen at your leisure. You have a great mix of religions there alright! Mike.

  • sjbrow@aol.com says:

    Mike and Carina,

    Thank you for the letters on religion. I especially enjoyed the Quaker information since my American born granddaughters attend the Newtown Quaker school in Waterford Ireland founded by William Penn.
    I look forward to your letters!
    Happy New Year!

  • Wonderful. So nice to hear both of you. Look forward to more.

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