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Cara Delay

1983’, Political Studies 34: 1 (March 1986), p. 63; Emmet Larkin, ‘Introduction’, in The Historical Dimensions of Irish Catholicism, ed. Emmet Larkin (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1997), p. 2. 9 Oliver P. Rafferty, ‘Introduction’, in Irish Catholic Identities, ed. Oliver P. Rafferty (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013), p. 1. introduction 11 10 William J. Lockington, The Soul of Ireland (London: Harding and More, 1920), p. 7. 11 Constitution of Ireland, 1937, www.constitution.ie. 12 Larkin, ‘The devotional revolution’, pp

in Irish women and the creation of modern Catholicism, 1850–1950
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Cara Delay

, chapel-building in particular was key to the development of a modern Irish Catholic identity, then women’s roles in the formation of this identity warrant further exploration and analysis.128 Despite the wealth, power, and reach of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century institutional Church, lay women retained some control over some aspects of religious parish life. Women often proved to be Ireland’s most staunchly devout and observant Catholics. In the home, they ruled over almost all religious and moral matters. Nuns and influential lay women displayed significant

in Irish women and the creation of modern Catholicism, 1850–1950