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Irish Catholic Identities

Oliver P. Rafferty


This work sets out to delineate the history of identity formation in the Irish context, as this unfolds from the middle ages to the present. Not only is the question of identity made complex by repeated invasions of Ireland it was compounded by the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation. From that time Catholicism was often embraced as a badge of resistance to the English and British Protestant presence in Ireland. This gives rise to questions of identity formation as an historical construct to meet contingent political realities, which are then read back into the historical narrative for po ... More

Keywords: Catholicism identity-formation Irishness history literature

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719097317
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097317.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver P. Rafferty, editor
Heythrop College, University of London

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Oliver P. Rafferty

Part I The Celts, Catholicism and the middle ages

2 Island of saints and scholars

Donnchadh Ó Corráin

Part II Early modern struggles

Part III Identity formation in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Part IV Culture, women and the American diaspora

Part V English Catholics and Irish identity

13 Brethren in Christ

Patrick Maume

Part VI Faith, wealth and Catholic Unionism

17 Catholic Unionism

Éamon Phoenix

Part VII Contemporary expressions of Catholic and Irish identity

19 Secular prayers

Frank Shovlin

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