Legacy
in Michael Logue and the Catholic Church in Ireland, 1879–1925
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This chapter revisits Logue's journey. Despite his prominence as a historical figure and the length of his career, the memory of Michael Logue has suffered to a surprising degree in the historiography of the period. When not ignored by historians, he has often been dismissed as a known quantity, a one-dimensional character lacking nuance and depth. On the issue of British royalty, Logue remained respectful of the monarchy but no more or less enamoured with it than other constitutional nationalists of the Home Rule period. Indeed, as a nationalist, the whole issue of English royalty and their relationship to Ireland remained difficult for Logue. Logue was consistent in his attitude towards the monarchy, even resisting pressure from the Holy See to attend Queen Victoria's jubilee celebrations in 1897. Logue's style of ecclesiastical management has also proved problematic for historians; Logue did not assume the primacy with a clearly defined political vision for the hierarchy that he could precede to foist upon his colleagues.

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