I'll keep that in mind.
I have a lot of Irish background too, but all Protestant, mostly from county Mayo. My grandparents' view of Irish Catholics is a little like the one you describe, only with a vitriolic touch.
And that's no tweak, either. When I got accepted into a summer science program put on by the National Science Foundation, it was at Loyola University in New Orleans--a Catholic university, which had no bearing on the program. Grandma DeVaughn (Irish, nee O'Donnell, likewise Irish of course) went through the roof. "You be careful, David!!! They'll try to make a Catholic out of you!!!! Rant, rave, etc etc."
They didn't try. I know a lot of solidly Catholic Irish too, even studied the language for a while from a lady from Connemara. "Ta an la go-koch inniuv" -- the weather is shitty today. We also sang Sean Os -- songs so old, nobody knows how old, and some more modern, often dirty, Irish songs as well. None of the latter of which, sadly, I can remember anymore. I guess 56 years of anoraking away has shoved some stuff out the back door to make room.
Besides, much of this crap is
just ignorant prejudice. As any Irish will tell you, Irish are never drunk so long as they can hold onto a single blade of grass and not fall off the face of the Earth. Also, God invented uisge (whiskey) so the Irish would not take over the world. Did you know that?
See? I like 'em just fine. So I'll watch with a grain of salt--a very little one.
Lac lactis in primoris (milk in first).