Seminar on Church of Ireland Rebels

It seems the powers that be in the Dublin Diocese of the Church of Ireland are commemorating some of the main Protestant figures from the “national movement”, including playwright Sean O’Casey. If you’re in the vincinity of Christ Church Cathedral over the next few weeks, it looks like it might throw up some interesting perspectives. Thanks for the heads up Nathan!

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  • pakman

    I would have thought that the disaster that befell the C of I, and indeed other non Catholics, in the aftermath of 1916 would have merited some discussion. Then again, given the tolerance of alternative view points in Dublin, be they historical or otherwise, focusing on these rebels makes some contemporary sense.

  • Pakman,
    I still subscribe to the view that it will in fact be a protestant nationalist that will finally deliver the union to a united ireland, and not a catholic as you might expect.
    There’s something sweeter about one of your own rebelling from the inside, rather than an outsider trying to over-turn the union.
    Mick, do you think we might be able to get audio-links to these lectures after the event, is the Church advanced in that area? some of us OTR’s can’t get over to Dublin 🙂

  • pakman


    a) I dont’t care about the confessional habits of political oponents
    b) to paraphrase a great lady “the Union’s not for over-turning” and
    c) I still subscribe to the view that it will in fact be a catholic unionist that will finally secure the Union for all time.

  • Nathan


    No-one is disputing the disasters that befell the COI post-1916. The COI has gone through a multiplicity of upheavals in the past century – 1916, WW1, Partition, Life in the inhospitable Free State, WW2, the Troubles, Drumcree – and its a testament to the COI that it has survived through all of these upheavals.

    The purpose of these lectures, from my perspective, is to examine the contribution that individual members made to the creation of a vibrant Irish nationalist identity. They cover a sample of those Church of Irelanders who, for whatever reason, turned out in 1916 and are by no means exhaustive (e.g. no mention made of Robert Barton, Ernest Blythe, or George Plant).

    I think you do have a point, however. The independent Ireland that these Protestants helped to create was a cold place for them a long time afterwards. A topic for another day.