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Ruth Barton

the global success that was Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (2003), a novel that relished the potential in portraying religious faith as devious, violent and sinister. Globally, Catholicism has become shorthand for a medieval adherence to a hegemony of evil-doers shrouded in the mystery of ritual. The close associations between Irishness and Catholicism have in turn elevated Ireland to a test case par excellence for the deconstruction of Catholic hegemony certainly, but also of authority generally. James Smith’s interpretation of the success of The

in Irish cinema in the twenty-first century