MOHM - 5. The Irish Catholic Church in Ireland and in the Irish Diaspora. when the English came, they came as protestants.
The Irish Catholic Church in Ireland and in the Irish Diaspora
http://www.geocities.com/stevenedw/irishcatholicism.html Steve Edwards
As to papists, what has been said of the Protestant dissenters would hold equally strong for a general toleration of them; provided their separation was founded only upon difference of opinion in religion, and their principles did not also extend to a subversion of the civil government. If once they could be brought to renounce the supremacy of the pope, they might quietly enjoy their seven sacraments, their purgatory, and auricular confession; their worship of relics and images; nay even their transubstantiation. But while they acknowledge a foreign power, superior to the sovereignty of the kingdom, they cannot complain if the laws of that kingdom will not treat them upon the footing of good subjects.
— Bl. Comm. IV, c.4 ss. iii.2, p. *54
(White Anglo-Saxon Protestants)