TIL Paganism was still practiced in parts of Ireland as late as the 1850s. The idol , Naomhóg was worshiped in the Inishkea Islands and was credited with power over weather, health and potatoes. It was allegedly thrown into the sea by a catholic priest called ‘Big Paddy’ O’Reilly in the 1890’s.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inishkea_Islands

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  1. The Naomhóg was not worshipped and the inhabitants were not Pagans. It was a good luck charm akin to the Blarney Stone, nothing more. And it certainly didn’t represent a Pagan survival as the islands were never continously occupied. That Wikipedia page is full of inaccuracies and outright nonsense.

  2. Catholics: destroying relics of the past and making up stories since 32AD.

    When you own old religion is just as bad with the iconoclasm at times as islamic extremists, it’s really easy to explain to your parents why you don’t do church, and haven’t in 18 years.

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