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Oliver P. Rafferty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097317

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097317.001.0001

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The voices of Catholic women in Ireland, 1800–1921

The voices of Catholic women in Ireland, 1800–1921

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Irish Catholic Identities

Caitriona Clear

Manchester University Press

One aspect of Irish Catholic identity which has in the past often been overlooked is the experience of women. This was true not only for a male dominated-church, but also for a male-dominated society. The focus here is on two sets of women’s’ experience: nuns and women activists. The phenomenal growth of women religious in the ‘long nineteenth century’, helped to ensure the success of the devotional revolution. This was paralleled in the secular sphere by the role of women in cultural and political movements. It is argued that a particular female Catholic consciousness evolved in nineteenth-century Ireland which had mixed consequences for Ireland in the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Women nuns employment politics writers

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