This collection begins on the premise that, until recently, religion has been particularly influential in Ireland in forming a sense of identity, and in creating certain versions of reality. History has also been a key component in that process, and the historical evolution of Christianity has been appropriated by the main religious denominations - Catholic, Church of Ireland, and Presbyterian - with a view to reinforcing their own identities. This book explores the ways in which this occurred; the writing of religious history, and some of the manifestations of that process, forms key parts of the collection. Also included are chapters discussing current and recent attempts to examine the legacy of collective religious memory - notably in Northern Ireland - based on projects designed to encourage reflection about the religious past among both adults and school-children. Readers will find this collection particularly timely in view of the current 'decade of commemorations'.
Jacqueline Hill is Professor Emerita at NUI Maynooth, Republic of Ireland, with an interest in 18th and 19th century Irish history, especially religious and political history. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Irish Academy, and is secretary to the Board of Management of Irish Historical Studies. Her publications include From Patriots to Unionists: Dublin Civic Politics and Irish Protestant Patriotism, 1660-1840 (1997), and (as editor), A New History of Ireland, vii: 1921-84 (2003; 2010 paperback edn).
Mary Ann Lyons is Professor of History at NUI Maynooth, Republic of Ireland, former joint Editor of Irish Historical Studies; President of the Irish Historical Society; President and Conference Secretary of the Catholic Historical Society of Ireland; former Chairperson of the Irish Committee for Historical Sciences; and member of the Royal Irish Academy Historical Studies Committee. Her publications include France and Ireland, 1500-1610: politics, migration and trade (2003; 2015 paperback edn) and Church and Society in County Kildare, c.1470-1547 (2000).
Illustrations and tablesAbbreviationsAcknowledgementsNotes on contributorsForewardToby BarnardIntroductionJacqueline Hill and Mary Ann LyonsPart IHistoriography and Religious Polarisation, c.1600-c.19381. Towards a Catholic history for a Catholic nation: the contribution of Irish émigré scholars in Europe, c.1580-c.1630Mary Ann Lyons2. Writing about eucharistic belief and practice among historians of Protestantism in seventeenth-century IrelandEvie Monaghan3. Telling the Presbyterian story in eighteenth-century Ireland: John McBride and James KirkpatrickRobert Armstrong4. Laying the nineteenth-century foundations: contributions from a Catholic and a Protestant scholar in the 1820sJacqueline Hill5. Writing medieval Irish religious history in the nineteenth centuryElizabeth Boyle6. William Dool Killen (1806-1902): a Presbyterian perspective on Irish ecclesiastical historyLaurence Kirkpatrick7. History-writing, collective memory and identity in an Irish context: George V. Jourdan and R. Dudley EdwardsMiriam MoffittPart IIIdeology and practice: perceptions and uses of the religious past in the wider Irish community, c.1700-19808. Preaching history, 1749: the Belfast sermons of Gilbert Kennedy and James SaurinRaymond Gillespie9. Bishop O'Beirne and his church-building programme: the Church of Ireland and pre-Reformation ChristianityCaroline Gallagher10. Negotiating the middle ground: Thomas Moore on religion and Irish nationalismJohn B. Roney11. Using the Irish language to further the aims of two bible societies: an analysis of Irish-language bibles in the Russell Library, MaynoothBarbara McCormack12. History and destiny in the making of the Irish Catholic spiritual empireIrene Whelan13. Religion as identity: the Church of Ireland's 1932 Patrician celebrationsIan D'Alton14. 'Patrick, the first churchman' in the Protestant vision of Ernest Bateman of Booterstown (1886-1979)Eugenio F. BiaginiPart IIIReligious history: practice and reconciliation c.1980s to the present15. The 1641 depositions and the history classroomEamon Darcy16. St. Patrick's Day: commemoration, conflict and Conciliation, 1900-2013Brian Walker17. Perceptions of Irish religious history among community activists in Northern Ireland, 2010-2013John Wolffe18. Reconciling memories reconsidered: reflections on a 1988 Irish reconciliation classic in light of three decades of scholarship and political experienceJoseph LiechtySelect bibliography