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Irish Education and Catholic Emancipation, 1791–1831

The Campaigns of Bishop Doyle and Daniel O’Connell

Brian Fleming

The restrictions applied to Catholics in the early eighteenth century to curtail their political and economic power in Ireland were gradually removed by the British government in response to changing circumstances. By 1800 the remaining restrictions related to membership of Parliament and a few senior judicial positions. The removal of these, while important symbolically, could have direct implications for very few people, given the limited franchise. Yet the campaign for their abolition, known as Catholic emancipation, presented successive British governments with serious problems and led to one prime ministerial resignation, one government collapse and many crises.

How did Daniel O’Connell use this situation to create a successful mass movement, broadening the emancipation campaign to include the issue of education? How did the area of educational provision become a sectarian battleground, and what part did Bishop James Doyle play in forcing a reluctant government to become involved in setting up a state-run education system, a highly unusual step at the time? Does his vision have a message for us now, when school patronage is such a contested issue in Ireland? This book provides an intriguing new perspective on a critical period in Irish history.

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Act of Union (1800) 1, 22, 30, 32, 35, 37, 42, 44, 63, 129, 145, 170, 172, 174, 183, 185, 186, 188 Addington, Henry 38, 39 Althorp, John, Lord 76, 131, 169, 172, 175, 184, 185, 187, 191, 193, 195, 197, 198, 215 Anglesey, Marquis of (Henry Paget) 140, 169, 173, 174, 178, 179, 186, 187, 195, 196, 199, 200, 219 anticipates O’Connell’s success in Clare 142 appointed Lord Lieutenant 134 commends O’Connell’s efforts in 1831 election 190 critical of Stanley’s approach to education issue 196 declares public support for emancipation 148 offers bribe to O’Connell on behalf of the government 183 supports decision to arrest O’Connell 184 suggests reduced role for Kildare Place Society 168 Arbuthnot, Harriet 3, 61, 92, 102, 108, 142, 143, 144, 148, 153, 155 Bennett, Richard Newton 20, 44, 183, 185 acts as intermediary between O’Connell and the government 183, 185 life-long friendship with O’Connell commences 20 Blackburne, Francis 173, 184 Blake, Anthony Richard 84, 91, 94, 98, 195, 203 Brougham, Henry 75, 175, 197 Brownlow, Charles 99, 126, 163, 202 Brunswick clubs 144 Burdett, Francis, Sir 96, 98, 100, 102, 107, 108, 120, 136, 156, 174, 184, 189 proposes motions in favour of emancipation to Parliament 97, 99, 129, 135 Burke, Edmund 11 uses his influence to bring about progress in Ireland 12–19 Canning, George 38, 41, 60, 62, 76, 108, 129, 154, 155 appreciates the political significance of the Catholic rent imitative forms a short-lived administration supports Burdett’s emancipation effort 100 Carlow...

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