Polly, well done on the Irish! Complete with the fadas (those are the little strokes over the vowels).
you are all sooo Christian
Yes but he's of the evangelical variety. I can remember Bono from the early days when he was very much 'local'. I was still at school when U2 first became known in Dublin and I lived in the same part of town and he had a reputation locally as being very strait laced and proper, very much a 'Protestant'. Most lads of his age were out on the tear at the weekends drinking like mad eejits and smoking the old dooby as David Brent would say but word on the street (or rather in leafy suburbia) was 'Bono's very religious you know, yeah he's really into all that Jesus stuff, ah yea but he's a Protestant isn't he?'
Evangelical Christian groups including the Catholic charismatic movement were very 'cool' amongst Dublin teenagers at that time. Quite a substantial number of girls I knew from my own convent school were in various slightly weird religious groups who went off on coaches at weekends rattling their rosary beads and banging their tambourines. It's that teenage thing of being part of a special gang and of course because it was religious Mammy wouldn't object to them going away for the weekend - the freedom! (Daddy's opinion wouldn't matter. In an Irish household Mammy rules the roost and Daddy basically goes along with whatever she says. 'What does your mother say? Right so, that's grand, off you go'. Any man who tries to take over that role is viewed as most unnatural and summed up as 'God he's an awful domineering so-and-so'.)