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23rd Dec '16 4:26:12 AM Morgenthaler
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5th Dec '16 1:32:19 AM AgProv
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* In ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', the Seattle radio station's religious presenter is Father Mike, who in accent and demanour is affably Irish-American. Except for his surname being a Spanish one (Mendosa). This infers that ''all'' priests ''become'' Irish, regardless of ethnic origin.
15th Nov '16 11:50:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* One episode of ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'' has an Irish priest in Spain, who turns out to be something of a {{Badass}}.

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* One episode of ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'' has an Irish priest in Spain, who turns out to be something of a {{Badass}}.badass.
7th Sep '16 10:48:52 AM Geoduck
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' recently introduced Brother Ulm, a monk in the Corbettites, a monastic order devoted to operating a politically neutral free-to-all rail liner service throughout Europa. He serves as the conductor aboard the [[CoolTrain Wyrm of Limerick]]

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' recently introduced One''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' plot-arc features Brother Ulm, a monk in the Corbettites, a monastic order devoted to operating a politically neutral free-to-all rail liner service throughout Europa. He serves as the conductor aboard the [[CoolTrain Wyrm of Limerick]]Limerick]], and eventually [[spoiler: has his consciousness transferred and becomes the controlling intellect on a new super-train.]]
1st Apr '16 3:41:48 PM VicGeorge2011
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* Tapper Smurf, the [[{{Oireland}} Oirish]] [[TheBartender bartender]] in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', becomes one in the latter years of his life, calling himself Pastor Nevin, during the framing story of "A Wedding To Remember".

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* Tapper Smurf, the [[{{Oireland}} Oirish]] [[TheBartender bartender]] in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', becomes one in the latter years of his life, calling himself Pastor Nevin, Nevin (a variant of his birth name Naomhán), during the framing story of "A Wedding To Remember".Remember". He isn't Catholic, though he does have some of its trappings like wearing a long black robe.
14th Feb '16 7:43:49 PM TheMasterPanda
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* Zigzagged in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged''. Father O'Mally'O'Connel'O'Carrol'O'Reilly'O'Brian'O'Sullivan [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (who is also Italian)]] is Italian.

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* Zigzagged Subverted in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged''. Father O'Mally'O'Connel'O'Carrol'O'Reilly'O'Brian'O'Sullivan [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (who is also Italian)]] is Italian.
14th Feb '16 7:43:42 PM TheMasterPanda
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* Zigzagged in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged''. Father O'Mally'O'Connel'O'Carrol'O'Reilly'O'Brian'O'Sullivan [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (who is also Italian)]] is Italian.
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30th Nov '15 4:20:10 PM jamespolk
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* Father Fitzgibbon in ''Film/GoingMyWay'' played by Barry Fitzgerald defines this trope.

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* Father Fitzgibbon in ''Film/GoingMyWay'' played by Barry Fitzgerald defines this trope. He came over from the old country as a young man and yearns to visit Ireland again.
28th Nov '15 11:18:12 PM yasminthelight
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* Lots of them show up in ''Film/{{Spotlight}}'', it being set in Boston.
16th Oct '15 5:36:09 AM ANTMuddle
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Having said that, this is definitely not the case today; changing demographics and the growth of secularism mean that these days, Ireland does not even train enough priests for ''her own'' needs, and has to import from Poland and Africa. Thus, unless the priest or nun is very elderly or is in a {{period piece}}, he or she is not too likely to be Irish. An exception is the United States, where even if priests who actually came from Ireland are fairly rare, Irish-descended clergy dominate the church hierarchy; there's a very good chance that any given American Catholic archbishop or Cardinal (both in fiction and reality) is Irish--it's something of a bit of a joke within the American Church that all the American Cardinals seem to trace at least part of their ancestry from the Emerald Isle.[[note]]Even where you wouldn't expect it--the Cardinal who ordered the construction of the current seat of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is Roger Cardinal Mahoney[[/note]] However, the same is ''not'' true of the parishioners; [[http://commons.trincoll.edu/aris/publications/american-nones-the-profile-of-the-no-religion-population/ religious surveys]] done within the last ten years show that Irish Americans are one of the most secularized ethnic communities in America.[[note]]About a third of non-religious Americans claim Irish ancestry, as opposed to just 12% of the total US population. If one figures that about 15% of all Americans are non-religious, then that figure rises to more than 40% for Irish Americans -- numbers comparable to the average Western European country.[[/note]] In addition, having been born and raised in America, Irish priests are unlikely to have an Irish accent despite what you find on TV.

Nevertheless, stock characters die hard, and even if doesn't make much sense any more, Irish priests abroad are not quite a DeadHorseTrope yet.

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Having said that, this is definitely not the case today; changing demographics and the growth of secularism mean that these days, Ireland does not even train enough priests for ''her own'' needs, and has to import from Poland and Africa. Thus, unless the priest or nun is very elderly or is in a {{period piece}}, he or she is not too likely to be Irish. An exception is the United States, where even if priests who actually came from Ireland are fairly rare, Irish-descended clergy dominate the church hierarchy; there's a very good chance that any given American Catholic archbishop or Cardinal (both in fiction and reality) is Irish--it's something of a bit of a joke within the American Church that all the American Cardinals seem to trace at least part of their ancestry from the Emerald Isle.[[note]]Even where you wouldn't expect it--the Cardinal who ordered the construction of the current seat of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is Roger Cardinal Mahoney[[/note]] However, the same is ''not'' true of the parishioners; [[http://commons.trincoll.edu/aris/publications/american-nones-the-profile-of-the-no-religion-population/ religious surveys]] done within the last ten years show that Irish Americans are one of the most secularized ethnic communities in America.[[note]]About a third of non-religious Americans claim Irish ancestry, as opposed to just 12% of the total US population. If one figures that about 15% of all Americans are non-religious, then that figure rises to more than 40% for Irish Americans -- numbers comparable to the average Western European country.[[/note]] In addition, having been born and raised in America, Irish priests are unlikely to have an a heavy Irish accent despite what you find on TV.

Nevertheless, stock characters die hard, hard (as OfficerOHara can attest), and even if doesn't make much sense any more, Irish priests abroad are not quite a DeadHorseTrope yet.
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