Ireland at the Cross Roads: An Essay in Explanation

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G. Richards, 1904 - Ireland - 185 pages
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Page 64 - Go up, they said to me. Jerusalem, within thy gates our feet shall standing be.
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Page 72 - The traveller walking or driving across the wastes of that empty land will nearly always find that the first thing to break the monotony of the horizon is a spire or tower ; and when he arrives at the desolate little huddle of cabins or cottages that makes a town, he will find, dominating and shadowing it, the Catholic Chapel. Sometimes, indeed, the buildings are poor and rough; but these are becoming fewer and fewer, and are now gradually, even in the poorest districts, being replaced bystructures...
Page 69 - I believe, can boast of such piety as Ireland; they are, of all people, the most completely drilled and absorbed in the Christian religion.
Page 68 - ... should be noted, took place after the achievement of independence in 1922, as the following figures show: Year 1901 1926 1951 1970 There is no religious or devotional reason to explain recruitment on such a scale for service in Ireland. As far back as 1903, Filson Young, a British writer, could say: "It is a fatal mistake to begin by underestimating the piety of the Irish, or by representing it as an unreal or insincere thing; nothing could be more absurd. It is thoroughly real and sincere. ....
Page 73 - The houses of the people are so indecently poor and small; the houses of the Church are so indecently rich and large. Out of the dirt and decay they rise, proud and ugly and substantial, as though to inform the world that at least one thing is not dying and despondent, but keeps its loins girded and its lamps trimmed.
Page 26 - And of these three camps the Presbyterians and Episcopalians will certainly have dealings with each other, and a kind of friendly rivalry, as of those who should oppose each other in the same cause. But neither of them will have any dealings at all with the Roman Catholics. It will be enough that a man should be a Roman Catholic for him to be refused employment in their affairs if a Protestant is available. However small and...
Page 108 - I understand that he thinks that the last word has not been said on the subject. In all cases of undoubted surface colour there is a very deep and saturated transmission colour of complementary tint.
Page 27 - Priests, being in the minority here, are far more tolerant and kindly in their views than their Protestant brethren ; just as in other parts of Ireland where they are in the majority, they are apt to apply the boycott in their turn in just the same way. But the two sets of people might belong to different races and be of different colours for all that they will have to do with each other.
Page 76 - The crowning achievement of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the thing which is unparalleled elsewhere in the world, is the complete and awful chastity of the people. There is many a country district where that incident which in England and Scotland is regarded merely as a slight misfortune, is unknown and unimagined by the people. I have seen a man, the father of a grown-up family, blanch and hold up his hands at the very name of it...

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