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Freedom and the Fifth Commandment: Catholic priests and political violence in Ireland, 1919-21

Brian Heffernan


The guerrilla war waged between the IRA and the crown forces from 1919 to 1921 was a pivotal episode in the modern history of Ireland. This book addresses the War of Independence from a new perspective by focusing on the attitude of a powerful social elite: the Catholic clergy. The close relationship between Irish nationalism and Catholicism was put to the test when a pugnacious new republicanism emerged after the 1916 Easter rising. When the IRA and the crown forces became involved in a guerrilla war from 1919 onwards, priests had to define their position anew. Using a wealth of source materi ... More

Keywords: Black and Tans, Catholicism, confession, IRA, morality, priests, republicans, sermons, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090486
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Heffernan, author