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Catholic imagination, modern Irish writing and the case of John McGahern
Frank Shovlin

19 Secular prayers: Catholic imagination, modern Irish writing and the case of John McGahern Frank Shovlin even now I feel the desperate need of prayer John McGahern, The Leavetaking In 1929 Liam O’Flaherty, the once student-priest, but by then Ireland’s most openly anti-clerical writer, published a scathing attack on the Irish Catholic Church in a short, aggressive book titled A Tourist’s Guide to Ireland. ‘This may seem extraordinary’, he wrote, ‘but it is true that in remote parts of Ireland, usually the parts of interest to tourists, the parish priest has a

in Irish Catholic identities
Niall Coll

in falling levels of Mass attendance and attitudes to church teaching, there has been a deep process of secularisation.5 The Nobel Prize-winning poet, Seamus Heaney, has spoken of his personal loss of faith, of belief in God and the afterlife, and seems to assume that his experience is the norm,6 a sentiment encapsulated in one of his poems, ‘Out of This World’,7 when he noted that ‘The loss occurred offstage’, and, one might add, in his case, quietly, profoundly.8 So, is that it: will the Irish Catholic Church succumb in the face of modernity’s challenges, the

in Irish Catholic identities
Ciaran O’Neill

argument was particularly suited to bolstering a long-held conviction that a Protestant-dominated industrialised state was fundamentally antagonistic to the spiritual wellbeing of its Catholic citizens and, not insignificantly, this was also compatible with a nationalist reading of Irish history. Tom Garvin has characterised the Irish Catholic Church in the twentieth century as espousing a ‘curiously empty rhetorical democratic radicalism or national populism’.8 This marriage of conservative and populist economic thought with the increasingly nationalist rhetoric of the

in Irish Catholic identities
Myth or reality?
Donnchadh Ó Corráin

2 Island of saints and scholars: myth or reality? Donnchadh Ó Corráin There is a view that Ireland experienced a golden age in the early middle ages, though the term is used sparingly by more recent writers. Peter Harbison’s splendid study of Irish art, 600–1200,1 is an exception in this as in other things. Historians of Northumbria’s early medieval achievements have little inhibition about the expression,2 nor had earlier generations of Irish historians.3 The burgeoning Cullenite Irish Catholic Church of the later nineteenth century saw itself, without self

in Irish Catholic identities
Thomas O’Connor

that for more than half a century after the Henrician suppressions and confiscations, the Irish survived well enough with no seminaries at all. This was partly, of course, because no one was entirely clear at the time what a seminary was. But even if they had been, it is not certain that the Irish laity, who effectively ran what might be called the Irish Catholic Church after the Henrician confiscations, would Chambers_O’Connor_Printer.indd 90 08/09/2017 09:53 THE ROLES OF IRISH OVERSEAS COLLEGES 91 have seen the need for them. Like most societies of the time

in College communities abroad
Education, migration and Catholicism in early modern Europe
Liam Chambers

main interconnecting milieux: domestic populations, migrant communities and host constituencies (ecclesiastical, university, municipal and state). The pioneering historians of the late nineteenth century concentrated understandably on one aspect of the colleges’ relationship with their domestic populations: their missionary dimension. Patrick Boyle, for example, argued bluntly that the Irish Catholic Church would have withered and died without the clergy formed in the abroad colleges.161 The reality was, of course, more complex and the manner in which the colleges

in College communities abroad