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No fear of wrath — 8 Comments

  1. McQuaid was a deeply troubled man. A man full of fears and insecurities that he displaced by inflicting them on others.

    He is, arguably, the worst thing that could possibly have happened to 20th century Ireland.

    McQuaid was, I’m sorry to say, more than a man. He was the physical manifestation of a national illness.

  2. The teaching of Irish history in England stopped with the Treaty. I still have not fathomed what happened to the Republican zeal. The clericalisation of the state seems well documented, is this what was really wanted by the majority all the time?

    McQuaid contributed directly to the Northern Troubles in reinforcing all the Unionist propaganda.

  3. Of course, Bock, if McQuaid was right, you are going to burn along with the Protestants and Freemasons. You will have to practice the old handshakes before you depart this life, otherwise no-one will talk to you 😉

  4. Ashamed to say I don’t know of him but in many ways the tide has turned here and it’s the Protestant Church preaching fire and brimstone. Catholics don’t teach the old testament at all . .although they’re pretty big on the concept of sin!

  5. No reason you would have heard of him. I only heard his name when I moved to Northern Ireland in 1983 – he was the bogeyman with which to frighten Protestant voters!

    The Anglican diocese of Sydney would not be typical of the Anglican Communion, and, being Protestant, would tend to be concerned with individual response rather than seeking t impose a set of views upon the whole of society, as McQuaid did.

    Looking back, some of the stuff is comical, even cheap detective stories were banned as likely to corrupt public morals.

  6. I for my sins was one of the poor souls confirmed by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid at the age of eleven years!

    The day still haunts me. The Church was on Griffith Avenue, close to Marino Casino. A very large church and there were only about thirty candidates from three schools and a half dozen teachers there. No parents were present and fifty one years later I can still hear the sound of the heavy door being closed and locked with us inside. I shivered then and do so again now at the thought of it.

    Ian for years both in school and in our local parish, retreats were held and Hellfire and damnation were regular topics. I didn’t have a weak bladder, but there were many occasions when I left a church with wet pants!

  7. Grannymar,

    I am still not sure how, in the late 1950s, the church could still have had such a hold. There must have been a sufficient number of ordinary people who still believed the missioners for that stuff to have been given any credibility. Sean O’Casey derided our church for not standing up to McQuaid; I thought he was harsh but now think I agree with him

    Incidentally, why on earth was the church door locked?

  8. I suspect most people believed it was insanity but went along with it for the sake of peace. Much like the sort of mindset that prevailed in eastern Europe after the war.

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