Catholic Nationalism in the Irish Revival: A Study of Canon by R. Fleischmann

By R. Fleischmann

Canon Sheehan's writings offer worthwhile perception into Ireland's tricky means of cultural reconstruction after independence. This astute observer of Irish society was once pessimistic in regards to the way forward for faith. even though himself a guy of ecu tradition, he made a case for isolationism to turn into fact lower than the unfastened kingdom. it's a case which this present day is well scorned - yet his paintings permits us to appreciate why it could possibly command such aid, and to understand its relative ancient justification.

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It was dedicated to 'the Catholic youth of Ireland', but the message was aimed at those responsible for the education given in Catholic colleges. Yet the author of this sermon, the story merely serving to gild the pill, as Canon Sheehan himself put it, 49 was to find himself in trouble, like so many other authors critical of the Irish condition. The book was denounced in the Catholic Month as 'an attack on Catholic institutions'. Canon Sheehan saw in this 'dishonest criticism' an 'insidious attempt to wreck the sale of the book', a serious matter for him, as he had had to finance publication himself.

She was a St Leger - the family into which Spenser married - and daughter of the Viscount of Doneraile; he was descended from the MacGiollaphadraigs, kings of Ossory, and his family took the title of baron from Henry VIII and conformed to the Church of Ireland. Lady Castletown built a parish hall for the town in 1910; Lord Castletown supported the Gaelic League, attending and addressing feiseanna or 26 Catholic Nationalism in the Irish Revival festivals with Canon Sheehan, whom he described as his 'kindest counsellor and intimate friend'.

The Chief Secretary of State had entrusted the peer with the negotiations: At the time when I was, at Mr Birrell's request, endeavouring to form a basis of consent between the various political parties for the building up of a National University, I received immense assistance from my friend Canon Sheehan. His knowledge of what was actually wanted reached to the very root of things. As I was then Chancellor of the Royal University, we were able to work out a fairly satisfactory scheme together.

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