A 2017 Flatley Family Lecture presented by Professor Ian McBride, Oxford University. "The Penal Times: The Catholic Church in Eighteenth-Century Ireland"
The persecution suffered by Irish Catholics during the ‘Penal Times’ ranks alongside the Great Famine and the Easter Rising as one of the central components of the Irish national story. Following the final defeat of the Catholic nobility and gentry by William III’s forces in 1689-91, a massive programme of social and cultural engineering was conceived. The Protestant ruling class embarked upon a great experiment: to legislate the religion of an entire people out of existence. Remarkably, however, there is no systematic study of how the eighteenth-century penal code was implemented, or how it reshaped Catholic Ireland.
Tuesday, September 26 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm