Rome and the Irish Catholic Community in the Eighteenth Century, 1691–1789

  • Liam Chambers
Part of the Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World book series (CTAW)


This essay addresses the relationships between Rome and the Irish Catholic community between the Treaty of Limerick and the outbreak of the French Revolution. It begins with a brief examination of the relationship between Rome and the Irish mission, before assessing Rome’s involvement in the reconstruction of Irish Catholic ecclesiastical structures after 1691 and the political development of the Irish Catholic community, which involved lengthy debate about the pope’s temporal powers. Overall, the essay argues for a re-evaluation of Rome’s relationship to the Irish Catholic community in the “long” eighteenth century.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liam Chambers
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryMary Immaculate CollegeLimerickIreland

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