I’m staunchly atheist, I simply don’t believe in God. But I’m still Catholic, of course. Catholicism has a much broader reach than just the religion. I’m ethnically Catholic, it’s the box you have to tick on the census form: ‘Don’t believe in God, but I do still hate Rangers.’ The fact is that it’s a shared hinterland between me and every other Irish person, a collection of references that we all understand, stories we all know, our opinions about William of Orange, everything. It plunges you into a particular side of every debate, it’s like a huge club you can’t ever leave. I’m definitely a Catholic, and nobody could possibly believe in God less than I do.
- Dara O’Briain, The Word, April 2006