`A Nation of Beggars?: Priests, People, and Politics in Famine Ireland 1846-1852

Paperback | March 19, 1998

byDonal A. Kerr

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This is the first full account of the role of the Irish Catholic Church in the Great Famine of 1846 and its aftermath. Donal Kerr shows how the Famine and the subsequent evictions led to rural violence and a spate of assassinations culminating in the murder of Major Mahon which the localparish priest was accused of inciting. Savage denunciations followed in press and parliament. In conjunction with the belief that Pope Pius IX had blessed the struggle of oppressed nationalities, this led to many priests becoming involved in the run-up to the Young Ireland Rebellion. These yearsalso saw a sharpening of religious tension as Protestant Evangelicals made an all-out effort to Protestantize Ireland. Professor Kerr has charted how the Famine and the violence soured relations between the Church and State and ultimately destroyed Lord John Russell's dream of bringing a golden ageto Ireland.

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This is the first full account of the role of the Irish Catholic Church in the Great Famine of 1846 and its aftermath. Donal Kerr shows how the Famine and the subsequent evictions led to rural violence and a spate of assassinations culminating in the murder of Major Mahon which the localparish priest was accused of inciting. Savage de...

Donal A. Kerr, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:March 19, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198207379

ISBN - 13:9780198207375

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`Once more Professor Kerr marshals his formidable grasp of British and Irish archival material to write a detailed yet broad account of what was arguably the last attempt by a British government to make the Irish Union a reality ... his fine book on these momentous years in the history of theUnion does seem to bear out, in some degree at least, Sir Robert Peel's earlier verdict that 'an honest despotic government would be by far the fittest government for Ireland.''D.G. Boyce, The Historical Association 1996