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The Third Earl of Clancarty, Proselytism and Evangelicalism in Ballinasloe in the 1850s and 1860s

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This chapter deals with events in Ballinasloe between 1851 and 1863 relating to the third Earl of Clancarty’s proselytising activities in Ballinasloe and its hinterland, with particular attention paid to the consequences of the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in Ballinasloe and the control exerted by the Clancarty family, as the third Earl’s belligerent attitude towards their presence was a check on his control over affairs in the community and reflected aristocratic resistance to the Cullenisation of Ireland. The third Earl’s hostility towards the Sisters of Mercy exacerbated tensions which, while generally class-based, were now taking on a confessional hue. The previous ineffectiveness of the Catholic Church to adequately deal with the abject poverty, both temporal and spiritual, ensured that the workhouse was ripe for a proselytising mission.

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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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