Public Controversy and Intellectual Dissent, 1949–72

Robert Tobin

in The Minority Voice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641567
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738418 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Public Controversy and Intellectual Dissent, 1949–72

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This chapter addresses the conservatism that continued to dominate Irish society during the 1950s and the shift that began to take place in the course of the 1960s. It assesses Butler's efforts to balance his cherished sense of autonomy as a landowning Protestant intellectual with his sense of obligation to participate fully in Irish civic life. It documents the ostracism Butler suffered as a result of the Papal Nuncio Incident and the negative response he received from some of his fellow Protestants for his outspokenness. It records Protestant resentment over the Ne Temere Decree and recounts events surrounding the Fethard‐on‐Sea Boycott of 1957. It assesses Butler's continuing commitment to non‐sectarian nationalism as the South began to liberalize religiously and socially, while the North was overtaken by the violence of the modern Troubles.

Keywords: Church of Ireland Gazette; Kilkenny Archaeological Society; Ne Temere Decree; Fethard‐on‐Sea Boycott; Northern Unionism; Kilkenny Debates; Theobald Wolfe Tone; Seán Lemass; Vatican II; The Troubles

Chapter.  17569 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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