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  1. Louise Culmer Louise Culmer says:

    Mary Kenny's survey of the history of Ireland from the late 19th to late 20th century is a fascinating book which shows how important the Catholic faith was to most people until very recently Her view of the Catholic church's influence in ireland is mainly a positive one she highlights the comfort and sense of stability that people derived from the Catholic faith She challenges many popular assumptions such as the view that the Catholic church was repressive that it held Ireland back culturally etc Through her book you get a sense of how strongly the people of Ireland relied on the church for comfort for moral guidance and how it was at the centre of their lives I found the chapter on World War II 'The moral flavour of neutrality' particularly interesting but the whole book is of absorbing interest Anyone with any interest in the history of ireland should enjoy this


  2. Roger Buck Roger Buck says:

    This is a book as necessary as it is magnificent But to fully explain that acolade it is best if I write very personallyBecause for twelve years now and through multiple readings I have cherished this acute haunting evocation of what Irish Catholic culture used to be before it was replaced by the new and to my mind sterile soulless ethos of modern globalised secular IrelandIndeed I needed this book as an American who first moved to Ireland in 2004 Living amidst the ruins of Catholic Ireland I simply had to understand what destroyed her And personally I did not buy the secular narrative foisted on us these days Catholic Ireland collapsed under the weight of her archaic overly clericalised ‘priest ridden’ past filled with scandalWhilst that narrative is not without a small portion of alluring truth it remains simplistic pernicious and false I needed better answers and Mary Kenny’s acute comprehensive study provided a personal compass whilst I navigated my way amidst the destruction That and talking talking talking to countless Irish people who remember what the past was actually like and do not buy the secular narrative eitherWhat exactly is Goodbye to Catholic Ireland? Glibly I might say it is a social history of Twentieth Century Ireland particularly since Irish independence in 1922 For apart from a little on the late Nineteenth Century previous centuries hardly factor hereMoreover the book is not simply about the Church There is a great deal too concerning other aspects of Irish culture including the Gaelic revival and the Easter Rising of 1916 which led to Irish independence in 1922 And much else besidesStill the focus naturally is on Catholicism and the approach is diverse on the one hand personal and subjective one the other intensely analytical and immensely erudite on the subject at handPerhaps the best single word for the book is enuiry There is an intensive search for truth here The best way to illumine Mary Kenny’s uest is to listen to herIt is possible for a group of overseas visits say to stay in Dublin for a week and to remain unaware of the Catholicity as it was sometimes called that once marked the capital and that was the most salient feature for visits and Dubliners alike in the pastIn the 1900’s as CS Andrews remarked in his beguiling memoir Dublin Made Me Catholicism gave Dublin its special flavour; as late as the 1960’s Tony Farmar notes young people at a university library could be seen getting to their feet and standing in prayer while the Angelus bell rang No Indeed one of the reasons why I wanted to explore this subject of the culture of Catholic Ireland was that it seemed to have been so overlooked in Irish studies To be sure there has always been serious scholarship about the early Irish Church and about other sometimes ecclesiastical sometimes political aspects of the Catholic Church in Ireland; yet I was astonished when I looked at the syllabus at the end of the 1980s of an ‘Irish studies’ course at a British university that everything except Catholicism seemed to be includedThere was much material on colonialism and post colonialism on race ethnicity and gender conflict and exploitation; class pre industrial and post industrial social studies were attended to; but the overwhelming item the irresistible magnet the immovable overwhelming it voce that that been as essential a part of the Irish mentality as the very earth the very skies the very sea – the faith – went unmentioned It is assumed in many uarters that religion is simply ‘reactionary’ but it was and for many it still uietly remains the faith of the peopleThus the author sets out to balance the simple minded approaches prevalent in contemporary academiaAnd through an eclectic mix of consulting academic studies old archives and her own personal memories she succeeds in getting much to the heart of the matter here than many a blinkered scholar todayIs her book then nostalgic apologetics for the Catholic past? No If you get that impression reader you are probably picking up on my own take After years of living in modern Ireland and listening to older generations I have indeed become convinced the past was betterThat is my personal conviction which will strike many as ludicrously one sidedBut Mary Kenny herself is in no way one sided Her book strikes me as unusually nuanced and balanced carefully weighing both sides of the story and indeed freuently critical of many aspects of Irish CatholicismHer book also has the advantage of being written in a popular accessible sometimes even humorous style Do not let that deceive you though Underneath that easy going approach is a shrewd probing intelligence intensely searching for truth and fairness in sharp contrast to a welter of facile of facile commentaries in today's media and academyAs such her book provides a most needed antidote To anyone who really wants to understand what happened to Irish Catholic culture I cannot recommend it highly enoughNOTE The following review is a shortened version of a much longer one here that also contains long passages from the book


  3. Padraic Padraic says:

    The best book on the Taliban I've ever read


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Goodbye to Catholic Ireland [Download] ➽ Goodbye to Catholic Ireland By Mary Kenny – Thomashillier.co.uk Few countires have changed dramatically in the last decades of the 20th century than Ireland And the most dramatic aspect of all has been the alteration from Catholic Ireland to the post Catholic and Few countires have changed dramatically in the last decades of the th century than Ireland And Goodbye to PDF/EPUB or the most dramatic aspect of all has been the alteration from Catholic Ireland to the post Catholic and sometimes anti Catholic Emerald IsleWhere once the Irish identity was almost inextricably bound up with Catholicism today the modern Irish are inclined to distance themselves from the Church to criticize and even reject everything that was once spelled out by the very words Catholic Ireland It would not be excessive to claim that there is in Dublin today a sense of shame about Ireland's association with CatholicismMary Kenny charts this change not only through orthodox historical sources but through personal and social detail autobiographical anecdote popular literature devotional literature lonely hearts uests and the prayers of irish mothers through the decades Goodbye to Catholic Ireland was widely acclaimed on it's publication in ireland and the UK and William Trevor chose it as his Book of the Year in the London Sunday Times.