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A Dublin Lad

Nicholas Sagovsky

in 'On God's Side'

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780198267287
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683176 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267287.003.0001
A Dublin Lad

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This chapter details the early life of George Tyrrell. Tyrrell grew up in Dublin, a city of wealthy, absentee landowners and day-labourers on the breadline; of lawyers, civil servants, soldiers, and academics who belonged, by and large, to the Protestant ascendancy; of dressmakers, domestic servants, and traders who were almost always Catholic. He never knew his father. William Tyrrell died at the end of December 1860, five weeks before the birth of his son on 6 February 1861, leaving a pregnant wife and two small children. Tyrrell remembered his early years with astonishing clarity. They were dominated by financial insecurity and the struggle to keep the family together.

Keywords: George Tyrrell; Catholics; family life

Chapter.  4596 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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