The Irish Columban Fathers were founded as the Maynooth Mission to China, but mainland China closed to them after the communist takeover in 1948. Young priests on their way there, were deflected to Korea and other missions in Asia. It is only in the last few years that the Columbans have gone back to China – not the mainland which is still closed to them – but Taiwan. Taiwan is of course a source of contention between Chinese of different persuasions. But the one thing they all agree on, be they from the Right or from the Left, is that Taiwan is part of China.