Irish Catholic Identities

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Pub. Date: 2013-09-30
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What does it mean to be Irish? Are the predicates Catholic and Irish so inextricably linked that it is impossible to have one and not the other? Does the process of secularisation in modern times mean that Catholicism is no longer a touchstone of what it means to be Irish? Indeed was such a paradigm ever true? These are among the fundamental issues addressed in this work which examines whether distinct identity formation can be traced over time. The book delineates the course of historical developments which complicated the process of identity formation in the Irish context, when by turns Irish Catholics saw themselves as battling against English hegemony or the Protestant Reformation. Without doubt the Reformation era cast a long shadow over how Irish Catholics would see themselves. But the process of identity formation was of much longer duration.

The twenty-two chapters of this work trace the elements which have shaped how the Catholic Irish identified themselves, and explore the political, religious, and cultural dimensions of the complex picture which is Irish Catholic identity. The individual essays together represent a systematic attempt, unique in the literature, to explore the fluidity of the components that make up Catholic identity in the Irish context.

Author Biography

Oliver Rafferty, teaches church history at Heythrop College, University of London, UK.

Table of Contents

I. The Celts, Catholicism and the middle ages
1. Gaelic and Catholic in the early middle ages – Bernhard Maier
2. Catholic Ireland, 'the island of saints and scholars': myth or reality? – Donnchahd Ó Corráin
3. Late medieval cultural Catholicism – Salvador Ryan
II. Early modern struggles
4. Irish Political Catholicism from 1530s to 1660 – David Finnegan
5. The 'absenting of the bishop of Armagh': Eucharistic controversy and the English origins of Irish Catholic identity – James Murray
6. Henry Fitzsimon, the Irish Jesuits and Catholic identity in the early modern period – Brian Jackson
7. Gaelic Catholicism and the Plantation of Ulster – Raymond Gillespie
III. Identity formation in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
8. Irish language sources for Catholic identity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries – Éamonn Ó Ciardha
9. The penal laws against the Catholics: were they too good for them? – Thomas Bartlett
IV. Culture, women and the American diaspora
10. Irish Catholic culture in the nineteenth century: a study in perjury – Owen Dudley Edwards
11. The voices of Catholic women in Ireland 1800–1921 – Caitriona Clear
12. Irish diaspora Catholicism in North America – David Doyle
V. English Catholics and Irish identity
13. Brethren in Christ: Frederick Lucas and social Catholicism in Ireland – Patrick Maume
14. The 'greening' of Cardinal Manning – Fergal Casey
VI. Faith wealth and Catholic Unionism
15. Power, wealth and Catholic identity – Ciaran O'Neill
16. The Esmondes of Co. Wexford and Catholic loyalty – Richard Keogh and James Connel
17. Catholic Unionism: a case study – Sir Denis Stanislaus Henry Eamon Phoenix
VII. Contemporary expressions of Catholic and Irish identity
18. Identity and political fragmentation in independent Ireland 1923–1983 – Louise Fuller
19. Secular prayers: Catholic imagination, modern Irish writing and the case of John McGahern – Frank Shovlin
20. Catholic-Christian identity and modern Irish poetry – Bernard O'Donoghue
21. Violent republicanism and the claims of Catholicism – Oliver P. Rafferty
22. Catholicism and the future of Irish Identity – Niall Coll

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