One True Catholic
“One true Catholic, without a weapon,Would banish legions from Slieve na Mon”
“Few who have acted with him have not also acted against him…”
William Cooke Taylor on O’Connell- June 8
Daniel O’Connell has held a lasting effect over Irish Nationalism and itrelationship with Catholicism. The nature of political life he had engaged in Ireland, wasone where every interest was engaged on an attempt to rescue something from thewreckage of the 1798 rebellion and the consequential Act of Union of 1880 which was “adefeat for almost everyone and a victory for almost nobody at all”
. Daniel O’Connell’sinfluence in the years after delivered a form of nationalism that was a curious blend of conservative Catholicism and political radicalism
. The Devotional Revolution of 1850-1875, which confirmed the co-existence of Irish Nationalism and Catholicism, was the joint result of the Famine and O’Connell’s impact
. O’Connell’s nonviolent efforts hadfundamentally delivered a nationalist movement that could hardly be identified withoutthe Catholic faith that had become the core of its identity.
Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh. “Gaelic Ireland, Popular Politics and Daniel O’Connell” in
Galway Archaeological& Historical Society
XXXIV (Middlesex, 1974/1975), pp 31.
William Cooke Taylor.
Reminiscences of Daniel O’Connell.
University College Press. (Dublin; 2004). p.3
K. Theodore Hoppen.
Ireland since 1800: Conflict and Conformity.
(Essex, 1999). p.11
Emmet Larkin. ‘The Devotional Revolution in Ireland, 1850-75’ in
The American Historical Review.
LXXVII, (1972). pp.649-651