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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 Esmonde family of Co. Wexford and Catholic loyalty

The Esmonde family of Co. Wexford and Catholic loyalty

(p.274) 16 The Esmonde family of Co. Wexford and Catholic loyalty
Irish Catholic Identities

Richard Keogh

James McConnel

Manchester University Press

Not all Irish Catholics were nationalists. Some made their adherence to the Union with Great Britain all too clear. The idea of Catholic unionism is explored through the experience of the Esmonde family of Wexford. Their role in Victorian politics, military and imperial service, and loyalty to the crown are all carefully examined. This is set within the wider context of the position of the Catholic Church’s relations with the structure of the state in Ireland. Catholicism, after all, understood the idea of hierarchy and monarchical authority. From this study of the Esmondes the chapter extrapolates some general conclusions about the condition and extent of Catholic unionism in Ireland prior to the First World War.

Keywords:   Esmonde-family Catholic-unionism loyalty

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