While there might not be as much loyalty for the church today as there was 30 years ago, there are still plenty of people in Ireland who are quite devout.
Therefore, again, ask these questions before things go too far. And even among those who claim to be lapsed Catholics of which there are many , I've often found that once you start scratching the surface, a lot of them have beliefs that are fairly in line with the church. Maybe "lapsed Catholic" or "raised Catholic" or "from a Catholic family" would be a more accurate way to phrase it. A Catholic can never, ever, agree to the use of artificial contraception IN marriage, as well as prior to marriage. He even obsessively walks on the street side when we are walking along a sidewalk.