You are looking at 1 - 4 of 4 items for :
- Author: Eamon Maher x
- Manchester Political Studies x
- Refine by access: All content x
This chapter traces the role of the Catholic Church in the Celtic Tiger period. It interrogates the commonly-held view that the Celtic Tiger hastened a wave of aggressive secularism that proved injurious to organised religion in Ireland. It argues that Catholicism's grip on Irish society was on the wane long before the advent of the Celtic Tiger.Charting the socio-cultural position of the Catholic Church from its apogee during the Eucharistic Congress of 1932, through gradual secularization in the 1960s, through the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979, and the clerical abuse scandals, Maher suggests that the process of change was gradual, albeit accelerated by the prosperity of the Celtic Tiger. Both before and during the years of unprecedented economic prosperity, there was continued questioning of the authority that the Church tried to wield over the private lives of individuals, particularly in the area of sexuality. Rather than seeing the current malaise in a negative light, however, some commentators would view it as a unique opportunity, and this chapter examines how this might prove to be the case and suggests possibilities for just such a reimagining of the role of the Church in Ireland.
This book examines the phenomenon of the rise and fall of the Irish Celtic Tiger from a cultural perspective. It looks at Ireland's regression from prosperity to austerity in terms of a society as opposed to just an economy. Using literary and cultural theory, it looks at how this period was influenced by, and in its turn influenced, areas such as religion, popular culture, politics, literature, photography, gastronomy, music, theatre, poetry and film. It seeks to provide some answers as to what exactly happened to Irish society in the past few decades of boom and bust. The socio-cultural rather than the purely economic lens it uses to critique the Celtic Tiger is useful because society and culture are inevitably influenced by what happens in the economic sphere. That said, all of the measures taken in the wake of the financial crash sought to find solutions to aid the ailing economy, and the social and cultural ramifications were shamefully neglected. The aim of this book therefore is to bring the ‘Real’ of the socio-cultural consequences of the Celtic Tiger out of the darkness and to initiate a debate that is, in some respects, equally important as the numerous economic analyses of recent times. The essays analyse how culture and society are mutually-informing discourses and how this synthesis may help us to more fully understand what happened in this period, and more importantly, why it happened.