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Protestant and Irish: The minority's search for a place in independent Ireland
Protestant and Irish The minority’s search for place in independent Ireland


 
Our Price:19.95
Authors: Ian d’Alton and Ida Milne
Affiliation: Trinity College, Dublin and Carlow College
Publication Year: Softback November 2019
Pages: 396
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781782053811
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In 1989 Edna Longley remarked that if Catholics were born Irish, Protestants had to ‘work their passage to Irishness’.  With eighteen essays by scholars with individual perspectives on Irish Protestant history, this book explores a number of those passages.  Some were dead ends.  Some led nowhere in particular.  But others allowed southern Irish Protestants – those living in the Irish Free State and Republic – to make meaningful journeys through their own sense of Irishness.While acknowledging that Protestant reactions were complex, ranging from ‘keeping the head down’ in a ghetto, through a sort of low-level loyalism, to out-and-out active republicanism, this book takes a fresh look at the positive contribution that many Protestants made to an Ireland that was their home and where they wanted to live.  It wasn’t always easy, and the very Catholic ethos of the State was often jarring and uncomfortable – but by and large Protestants reached an equitable accommodation with independent Ireland.  The proof of that lies in a continued community vibrancy - in Bishop Hodges of Limerick’s words in 1944, more than ever able ‘to express a method of living valuable to the State’.

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