Thank you Amator Deus for your suggestion about a thread on Orthodoxy in Ireland. I can recommend our parish web site to you which details the progress of our mission here in Belfast, Northern Ireland but also links to all the other Orthodox churches throughout the island of Ireland. If you are interested in Celtic saints you will also enjoy those pages too. The url is http://www.orthodoxireland.com
and I hope you'll enjoy it. By the way, the writing surrounding your cross is in Welsh rather than Irish.
I think that Orthodoxy has a lot to offer to the people of Ireland, for one thing it is helping us to rediscover our own native saints. It is wonderful to see how highly Saint Patrick is esteemed by the Orthodox, indeed the latest booklet on Saint Patrick published by the Catholic Truth Society even uses a modern Orthodox icon of him as its front cover! I also feel that being neither Catholic nor Protestant Orthodoxy is in a unique position in Ireland, where I am sure you know we have an explosive (literally!) mix of religion, nationality and ethnicity. So, renewal and healing are the main things I think Orthodoxy offers to Ireland.
I have found this entering the catechumenate thread most interesting, I was received into the catechumenate in September (I'm a former RC) and thought I would need a long period of preparation for baptism. I'm interested to see that people are talking in months rather than years!
Thank you all for your friendly welcome to this list,
le ghra Chriost