Here are some quotes from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin about the Irish Church. Depressing reading indeed.
"The good-old-days of traditional mid-twentieth century Irish Catholicism may in reality not have so good and healthy after all."
"For many the sacraments are the social events of a civil religion rather than celebrations of the Church."
"Young Irish people are among the most catechised in Europe but apparently among the least evangelized."
"Probably my greatest discouragement as Archbishop of Dublin comes from the failure of interaction between the Church and young people. I visit parishes where I encounter no young people. I enquire what is being done to attract young people to parish life and the answers are vague. "
-from address by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to theCambridge Group for Irish Studies, Magdalene College, Cambridge