Ireland’s religious response

Paul Huddie

in The Crimean War and Irish Society

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9781781382547
Published online January 2019 | e-ISBN: 9781786945464 | DOI:

Series: Reappraisals in Irish History LUP

Ireland’s religious response

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This chapter will highlight how the various Christian denominations in Ireland reacted to the Crimean War, and how, unlike the Indian Mutiny and Boer War, it stimulated a substantial, although not general and still quite brief, resurgence of inter-denominational cooperation and friendly relations. It will be shown that all Irish denominations, with the exception of the Quakers, supported the war against Russia and thus focussed their attention and vehemence upon the external enemy instead of each other, and that this was part of a wider Christian militarism within the United Kingdom at the time. This chapter will show that all the pro-war denominations viewed the conflict as just, necessary and even providential. This support for the war will be shown to have been manifest by the leadership, clergy and laity of all the churches through sermons, prayers, pamphlets, and newspapers and journal editorials, and through the provision of chaplains and nursing nuns to the armed forces.

Keywords: Sectarianism; Paul Cullen; Sisters of Mercy; Army chaplains; Religion; Patriotic Fund; Central Association; Army wives

Chapter.  12779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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