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From Galway to Cloyne and beyond

This book engages with the spectacular disenchantment with Catholicism in Ireland over the relatively short period of four decades. It begins with the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979 and in particular his address to young people in Galway, where the crowd had been entertained beforehand by two of Ireland’s most celebrated clerics, Bishop Eamon Casey and Fr Michael Cleary, both of whom were engaged at the time in romantic affairs that resulted in the birth of children. It will be argued that the Pope’s visit was prompted by concern at the significant fall in vocations to priesthood and the religious life and the increasing secularism of Irish society.

The book then explores the various referenda that took place during the 1980s on divorce and abortion which, although they resulted in victories for the Church, demonstrated that their hold on the Irish public was weakening. The clerical abuse scandals of the 1990s were the tipping point for an Irish public which was generally resentful of the intrusive and repressive form of Catholicism that had been the norm in Ireland since the formation of the State in the 1920s.

Boasting an impressive array of contributors from various backgrounds and expertise, the essays in the book attempt to delineate the exact reasons for the progressive dismantling of the cultural legacy of Catholicism and the consequences this has had on Irish society. Among the contributors are Patricia Casey, Joe Cleary, Michael Cronin, Louise Fuller, Patsy McGarry, Vincent Twomey and Eamonn Wall.

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A witness in an age of witnesses

Redemptorist junior seminary. This did not leave him much of a career option, especially as he was the youngest of four, all of whom initially went on for religious life. Just like his two older brothers, he was eventually to join the senior seminary with a view to becoming a Redemptorist. In his first book, published in 1997, The Death of Religious Life, he retrospectively wonders that nobody, including his parents, ‘seemed to see anything unusual in three brothers from a sheltered background joining the order 133   134 134 Going against the tide and wanting to become

in Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism

public conduct where persuasion or coercion can be effective, including that exerted by the modern state. During Dutch colonial rule in Indonesia, the state was strong but decided to minimize its interventions in Muslim religious life, so that Muslim civil society strengthened – as manifested especially in the emergence of the ‘modernist’ Muhammadiyah, which celebrated its

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
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Being Irish in nineteenth-century Scotland and Canada

preoccupations informed the local experience. During the nineteenth century, French women entered the religious life in greater numbers than any other group, but the Irish were not far behind. Approximately 8,000 women entered Irish convents between 1800 and 1900 and by 1901 sisters and nuns represented 70 per cent of the nation’s religious workforce.2 This flood of women to the religious life extended throughout the diaspora and was a phenomenon that marked the Irish as committed Catholics who stood at the forefront of the Church’s developing social welfare agenda. The extent

in Women and Irish diaspora identities
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’État de droit, new immigrants are generating alternate structures of meaning, new forms of self-styling and affective and emotional engagements with the world, a powerful, everyday l’État de religion. Ethnographic research and writing elicits images, voices, spaces and moments. Here we have elicited numerous voices, together with the voices and stories of key research participants, to show the importance of the everyday to understanding moments in the taxi industry, in political and civic integration, in religious life and in the lives of young African-Irish people. But

in Integration in Ireland

major cultural upheavals that were taking place: ‘Today, the human race is passing through a new stage of its history. Profound and rapid changes are spreading by degrees around the whole world …. Hence we can … speak of a true social and cultural transformation, one which has repercussions on man’s religious life as well’ (Abbott 1966: 202). Essentially, the council documents provided the Church with a rationale and a blueprint for change. While the substance of the ancient doctrine of the deposit of faith could not change, the way in which it was presented could

in Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism
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Uses and critiques of ‘civilisation’

exploratory and open to further amplification by successive generations. Durkheim and Mauss worked at the interstices of concepts of civilisations as, first, spatial wholes and, second, as constituted in interaction. The imprecise, compact and ambiguous nature of their perspective puts them on the cusp of the two approaches I have posited here. Their early sketches of the characteristics of civilisations coincided with Durkheim’s survey of ethnographies of non-​stratified cultures in The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. They brought recognition of the complexity of

in Debating civilisations

who had to cope with a community composed of, as they saw it, ‘foreigners and their children’. It was not an issue unique to Leeds, a similar problem was faced by Jewish communities in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow, where established Jewish communities saw themselves numerically increasing, but with people whose way of life differed greatly from their own. Religious life in Jewish Leeds Throughout the period 1901 to 1914, Anglo-Jewry saw a conflict between the views of the Eastern Europe rabbis who came

in Leeds and its Jewish Community
Challenges and opportunities for museums, cultural engagement and lifelong learning at the University of Glasgow

town councillor Archibald McLellan bequeathed his magnificent art collection and a suite of galleries to the citizens of Glasgow. Kelvingrove, Glasgow’s most popular museum, was opened in 1901 in the city’s west end. Run by Glasgow Life, it is one of a network of museums (Glasgow Museums), including the Burrell Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, People’s Palace, the Open Museum, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre and the Riverside Museum. There are 420 members of staff employed to look after its collection of 1.4 million

in Lifelong learning, the arts and community cultural engagement in the contemporary university

). 6 Joe Lee, The Modernisation of Irish Society 1848–1918 (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 2008), p. 13. 7 Tom Garvin, Preventing the Future (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 2003), p. 88; Iarfhlaith Watson, Broadcasting in Irish (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003), p. 29. 8 Lee, Modernisation, p. 13. 9 Lee, Modernisation, pp. 13, 27, 96. 10 Émile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (New York: Oxford University Press, 1976). 11 Michael Billig, Banal Nationalism (London: Sage, 1995). 12 Michael Mann, The Sources of Social Power: Vol. 3 (Cambridge: Cambridge University

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