Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

St Catherine's Parish Dublin, 1840-1900: Portrait of a Church of Ireland Community / Roscommon before the Famine: The Parishes of Kiltoom and Cam, 1749-1845 / Window on a Catholic Parish: St Mary's, Granard, Co. Longford, 1933-68

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

St Catherine's Parish Dublin, 1840-1900: Portrait of a Church of Ireland Community / Roscommon before the Famine: The Parishes of Kiltoom and Cam, 1749-1845 / Window on a Catholic Parish: St Mary's, Granard, Co. Longford, 1933-68

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St Catherine's Parish Dublin, 1840-1900: Portrait of a Church of Ireland Community. By John Crawford.

Roscommon before the Famine: The Parishes of Kiltoom and Cam, 1749-- 1845. By William Gacquin.

Window on a Catholic Parish: St Mary's, Granard, Co. Longford 1933-68. By Francis Kelly.

[Maynooth Studies in Local History, Numbers 6,7, and 8.1 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press. Distributed in the United States by ISBS, Portland, Oregon. 1996. Pp. 57, 64, 63. $9.95 each, paperback.)

These slender volumes were originally master's theses completed at Maynooth under the direction of Raymond Gillespie. Each work is very narrowly focused, and none of the authors makes much of an effort to show how their studies support-or challenge-the leading scholarly work in the field. Nonetheless, there is much to commend in these books. Each author draws on previously untapped sources-parish records, vestry minutes, deeds, and school registers. Each study is well written and finely illustrated, especially Crawford's, which has several photographs and etchings of St. Catherine's church and the clergymen who served it.

What is most significant about these works is that each presents material that will force Irish historians to reconsider some long-held assumptions. For example, while Anglicanism is generally thought to have been declining in southern Ireland in the late nineteenth century, Crawford shows that St. Catherine's was a relatively vibrant parish; he attributes much of its strength to the zeal of two evangelical ministers who were stationed there in the 1880's and '90's. …

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