Today I found myself looking at this rather depressing display of prejudice on a popular Irish website, Broadsheet.ie. (Personally, I wish pro-choice activists would have the courage of their convictions and carry banners and put up posters that show an aborted child.)
But it's not just that site. Politics.ie is full of commenters competing to come up with the most anti-Catholic, anti-family, anti-tradition screed imaginable. Since I work in UCD, I sometimes look at the Boards.ie forums for UCD, and it is so left-wing it is falling off the edge. And if you want a walk on the wild side, spend five minutes on Indymedia.ie, where I've read commenters dismiss the notion of journalistic objectivity as a kind of fascist tool of repression.
I guess the answer might be that most Irish people of a religious or (though I hate to use this pretty vapid term) conservative disposition have better things to do than to mess around on the internet-- like raise children, go to Mass, read books, pray, farm, volunteer, and socialise in a civilised manner that doesn't involve the use of an avatar and an outlandish handle.
But it seems a pity to leave Hibernian cyberspace to the enemies of life, the enemies of the sacred, and the enemies of tradition.