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Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish CatholicismFrom Galway to Cloyne and Beyond$
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Eamon Maher and Eugene O'Brien

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526101068

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526101068.001.0001

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The poetry of accumulation: Irish-American fables of resistance

The poetry of accumulation: Irish-American fables of resistance

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(p.105) 6 The poetry of accumulation: Irish-American fables of resistance
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Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism
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Eamonn Wall

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526101068.003.0007

Eamonn Wall’s discussion of Irish American Catholic experience reveals many similarities on either side of the pond, and some differences also. The Irish American authors and commentators provide unique perspectives on many facets of Irish life, including the unique role played by the Catholic Church. Among the authors discussed are Frank McCourt, whose account of a poor Catholic childhood in Limerick is so memorably captured in the best-seller, Angela’s Ashes, Colum McCann, Colm Tóibín and Mary Gordon. Similarly, the theologian Richard P. McBrien, journalist and writer Maureen Dezell, and sociologist Andrew Greely combine to illustrate the impact that the Irish Church has had on its American equivalent. Wall maintains that looking towards Ireland from the US, and drawing on American notions of egalitarianism and individual freedom, sometimes allows for a more dispassionate view of Ireland’s Catholic heritage and enables envisaging its future with a far greater clarity than can be achieved when change is all around you.

Keywords:   American Catholic experience, Frank McCourt, Colum McCann, Colm Tóibín, Mary Gordon, Andrew Greely, Richard p. McBrien, Maureen Dezell

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