Yesterday the Northern Ireland Assembly passed a motion calling on the Culture Minister mark the 150th anniversary of the 1859 Revival. You can read the debate here. Of course, as in other cases, the Minister may simply ignore what the Assembly says.. But perhaps they should also bear in mind what historian Eamon Phoenix had to say in the report for Stormont Live, after noting that the 1859 Revival “coincided with the birth of what was known as Ultramontanism [in Ireland], or Ultramontane Catholicism..”
“The net result of both the Revival and Cardinal Cullen’s crusade was to widen the gulf between Catholic and Protestant in Ireland as the island moved into the late-19th Century.”
And, for completeness, here’s the studio discussion with DUP MLA David Simpson.