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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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Power, wealth and Catholic identity in Ireland, 1850–1900

Power, wealth and Catholic identity in Ireland, 1850–1900

(p.259) 15 Power, wealth and Catholic identity in Ireland, 1850–1900
Irish Catholic Identities

Ciaran O’Neill

Manchester University Press

Catholic Ireland in the nineteenth century had its share of the rich and of middle-class arrivistes. One obsession for these classes was the education of their children. Although there was some provision in Ireland for such families, many chose to send their off-spring to English Catholic boarding schools such as Stonyhurst, Beaumount and Downside. The aim was to have their children acquire an (English) accent and to make social connections. Like all such socially ambitious groups they kept the prevailing political wind constantly in mind, in contrast, it must be said, to the sons of the same classes who attended similar schools in Ireland such as Blackrock, or Clongowes Wood College. Drawing on data collected for 1000 children the chapter delineates a series of networks which helped to sustain Irish Catholic identity based on wealth, privilege and educational advantage.

Keywords:   Education wealth privilege well-to-do Irish Catholics

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