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Cara Delay

-religious items, and notably modern fashions such as fancy bonnets and corsets, was troubling to Church authorities, who urged lay Irish women to focus their purchasing on respectable devotional items. Still, the Church was unable to stem the tide of secular consumerism. On the same page as one of the Southern Star’s 1931 articles on Catholic womanhood was an advertisement for Beecham’s Pills for ‘sick headache, indigestion, constipation’ and ‘biliousness’.37 Beecham’s Pills also were known popularly as a menstrual regulator or abortifacient.38 Well-off or middle-class Catholic

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