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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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Irish-language sources for Irish Catholic identity since the early modern period

Irish-language sources for Irish Catholic identity since the early modern period

a brief survey

(p.139) 8 Irish-language sources for Irish Catholic identity since the early modern period
Irish Catholic Identities

Éamonn Ó Ciardha

Manchester University Press

Catholic Ireland had linked itself to the fortunes of the Stuarts. Even in the face of defeat that link was maintained by the papacy in the continued concession to the exiled Stuarts of their rights to ecclesiastical appointments in Ireland. But it was also kept alive by the growth of a substantial body of literature in the Irish language which romanticised the Stuarts and the hopes of Ireland to be free of English and British Protestant domination, through Stuart instrumentality. Despite the increasing realism demonstrated by the papacy in accepting the fact of the Hanoverian succession to the English crown, a realism reflected in opinion among the better off sections of Irish Catholic society, Irish Gaelic literature adhered stubbornly to its idealisation of the Stuarts. This would have important implications for the emergence of Irish leadership in the nineteenth century, especially O’Connell and Parnell, who were cast in the mode of the fallen Stuarts.

Keywords:   Stuarts Irish-language traditions Gaelic-identity Hanoverians

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