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The Crimean War and Irish Society$
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Paul Huddie

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382547

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382547.001.0001

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Ireland’s religious response

Ireland’s religious response

(p.92) 4 Ireland’s religious response
The Crimean War and Irish Society

Paul Huddie

Liverpool University Press

This chapter will highlight how the various Christian denominations in Ireland reacted to the Crimean War, and how, unlike the Indian Mutiny and Boer War, it stimulated a substantial, although not general and still quite brief, resurgence of inter-denominational cooperation and friendly relations. It will be shown that all Irish denominations, with the exception of the Quakers, supported the war against Russia and thus focussed their attention and vehemence upon the external enemy instead of each other, and that this was part of a wider Christian militarism within the United Kingdom at the time. This chapter will show that all the pro-war denominations viewed the conflict as just, necessary and even providential. This support for the war will be shown to have been manifest by the leadership, clergy and laity of all the churches through sermons, prayers, pamphlets, and newspapers and journal editorials, and through the provision of chaplains and nursing nuns to the armed forces.

Keywords:   Sectarianism, Paul Cullen, Sisters of Mercy, Army chaplains, Religion, Patriotic Fund, Central Association, Army wives

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