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Oldcastle, County Meath, attacked the book as ‘rather the drivel of a charlatan than a university-trained thinker’ in the nationalist newspaper, Freeman's Journal . He called Plunkett's work ‘mean and insidious’ and set a template for further attacks from Catholic hierarchy and clergy. 25 Barry's broadside precipitated Cardinal Logue's Pastoral in which the leader of the Irish Catholic Church condemned the book ‘though he admits he has not read it’. 26 Several months later, the rector of the Irish College in Rome, Monsignor Michael O’Riordan, responded to the

in Civilising rural Ireland