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Vocations in Ireland – Record Low In 222 Years

Only six seminarians will start this autumn at the National Seminary in Maynooth, Ireland according to Irish News. This is the lowest number of beginners since Maynooth was opened in 1795. The present structure was built for 500 seminarians.

Last year 80 seminarians were studying in Maynooth.

Picture: Irish National Seminary, Maynooth, #newsGowaeuntni

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As a commenter pointed out over on Fr Z's blog this isn't the whole story. Yes vocations are low but there are actually more men joining than this. They now go to Spain for a year and not all the bishops are co-operating this year. Also it does include religious Orders - the Dominicans are doing well among others.