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The Minority Voice: Hubert Butler and Southern Irish Protestantism, 1900-1991

Robert Tobin


‘How do such people, with brilliant members and dull ones, fare when they pass from being a dominant minority to being a powerless one?’ So asked the Kilkenny man‐of‐letters Hubert Butler (1900‐91) when considering the fate of Southern Protestants after Irish Independence. As both a product and critic of this culture, Butler posed the question repeatedly, refusing to accept as inevitable the marginalization of his community within the newly established state. Inspired by the example of the Revivalist generation, he challenged his compatriots to approach modern Irish identity in terms complemen ... More

Keywords: Hubert Butler, Southern Irish Protestantism, Church of Ireland, Cosmopolitanism, Irish Nationalism, Irish Neutrality, Yugoslavia, Cold War, Mass Society, Amateurism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641567
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Tobin, author
Chaplain and Tutor, Oriel College Oxford