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Representing Irish Religious Histories

Historiography, Ideology and Practice

  • Jacqueline Hill
  • Mary Ann Lyons


  • Utilises a variety of analytical tools and a diverse range of source material, many of which have been previously ignored

  • First book-length examination of history and religious identity formation in Ireland

  • Draws together an impressive range of contributors


Part of the Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000 book series (HISASE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Historiography and Religious Polarisation, c.1600–c.1938

  3. Ideology and Practice: Perceptions and Uses of the Religious Past in the Wider Irish Community, c.1700–1980

  4. Religious History: Practice and Reconciliation, c.1980s to the Present

About this book


This collection begins on the premise that, until recently, religion has been particularly influential in Ireland in forming a sense of identity, and in creating certain versions of reality. History has also been a key component in that process, and the historical evolution of Christianity has been appropriated by the main religious denominations – Catholic, Church of Ireland, and Presbyterian – with a view to reinforcing their own identities. This book explores the ways in which this occurred; the writing of religious history, and some of the manifestations of that process, forms key parts of the collection. Also included are chapters discussing current and recent attempts to examine the legacy of collective religious memory - notably in Northern Ireland - based on projects designed to encourage reflection about the religious past among both adults and school-children. Readers will find this collection particularly timely in view of the current ‘decade of commemorations’.


Irish History Ireland Religious History Religion Catholicism Protestantism

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacqueline Hill
    • 1
  • Mary Ann Lyons
    • 2
  1. 1.National University of Ireland, MaynoothMaynooth, Co. KildareIreland
  2. 2.National University of Ireland, MaynoothMaynooth, Co. KildareIreland

About the editors

Jacqueline Hill is Professor Emerita at NUI Maynooth, Republic of Ireland, with an interest in 18th and 19th century Irish history, especially religious and political history. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Irish Academy, and is secretary to the Board of Management of Irish Historical Studies. Her publications include From Patriots to Unionists: Dublin Civic Politics and Irish Protestant Patriotism, 1660-1840 (1997), and (as editor), A New History of Ireland, vii: 1921-84 (2003; 2010 paperback edn).

Mary Ann Lyons is Professor of History at NUI Maynooth, Republic of Ireland, former joint Editor of Irish Historical Studies; President of the Irish Historical Society; President and Conference Secretary of the Catholic Historical Society of Ireland; former Chairperson of the Irish Committee for Historical Sciences; and member of the Royal Irish Academy Historical Studies Committee. Her publications include France and Ireland, 1500–1610: politics, migration and trade (2003; 2015 paperback edn) and Church and Society in County Kildare, c.1470–1547 (2000).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Representing Irish Religious Histories
  • Book Subtitle Historiography, Ideology and Practice
  • Editors Jacqueline Hill
    Mary Ann Lyons
  • Series Title Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000
  • Series Abbreviated Title Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-41530-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82377-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-41531-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXV, 313
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    Cultural History
    Social History
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