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‘A Nation of Beggars’?Priests, People, and Politics in Famine Ireland, 1846–1852$
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Donal A. Kerr

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207375.001.0001

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Irish Violence and Roman Intrigue, 1847–1848

Irish Violence and Roman Intrigue, 1847–1848

(p.88) 4 Irish Violence and Roman Intrigue, 1847–1848
‘A Nation of Beggars’?


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While the lord lieutenant and the bishops were grappling as best they could with the problems posed by the Famine, European attention was focusing on Rome. By 1847 Pius IX’s position had become the centre of intense diplomacy, a pivotal point in the liberal and revolutionary movements as the events that took place in Italy began to have an impact on other European countries. The British government felt obliged to enter into this world of political manoeuvres. The events that took place in Rome and the decisions taken there were to influence government attitudes up to and beyond the Ecclesiastical Titles Act three years later. The repercussions of the Mahon murder and the wave of violent denunciations it evoked were damaging enough. Other events in the momentous year of 1848 were to affect relations between Britain and Ireland. A revolutionary fever swept Europe and Ireland had not remained immune.

Keywords:   Rome, famine, Pius IX, religion, Europe, Ireland, Mahon murder

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