A complete overview of the story of Christianity in Ireland from earliest patrician times to the troubled days of today’s church. In twenty-three essays, specialists in the various periods of the history visit again the period and present it in the light of the best modern scholarship. The contributors are Alfred P. Smyth, Marie Thérèse Flanagan, John A. Watt, Mary Ann Lyons, Brendan Bradshaw, Colm Lennon, Declan M. Downey, Raymond Gillespie, Hugh Fenning OP, Finlay Holmes, Dáire Keogh, Dudley Levistone Cooney, Donal A. Kerr, Emmet Larkin, Gerard Moran, Kenneth Milne, David Noel Doyle, Mary N. Harris, Thomas Bartlett, Michael Hurley SJ, James S. Donnelly Jr, Noel Barber SJ, and Kevin B. Nolan. While the contributors are all acknowledged experts in their fields, the book is aimed at a general, non-specialist readership.
About the Author
Fr Brendan Bradshaw, who died peacefully on 10 December 2017, was an eminent historian of early-modern Ireland and a Marist priest. He was to the forefront of the long-running debate about “revisionism” in Irish history, a debate which showed the robust good health of Irish historical studies during his lifetime, to which he contributed greatly.