A Short History of Ireland

A Short History of Ireland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...and that the admission of any person to become a regular ecclesiastic, Jesuit, or brother, or member of any religious order, should be an offence punishable with banishment and transportation. Section 37 provided that such enactments should not apply to female societies. The clause which authorized the new form of oath was framed so as to exclude O'Connell, as it was only to apply to members elected after the' passing of the Act. A warm debate was occasioned by O'Connell's claiming to take this oath; but in the result his seat was declared vacant, and he had to seek re-election. It might almost be assumed, without being stated, that he took the fullest advantage of this to make violent speeches in Clare against the Government, and all that it did. And he had one solid peg on which to hang many an appeal to the populace: the forty-shilling freeholder had become extinct as a political factor. The new freehold franchise was limited to 10 holders, so that power no longer rested in the rabble. How ever, no opposition was offered to O'Connell's re-election, so the election passed off with nothing more worthy of record than vigorous speeches, which need no further allusion here. There were some violent encounters in the summer, between Orangemen and Papists, and many lives were sacrificed, and during the whole of the subsequent year Ireland was in a state of unquiet and agitation. The old question of Tithe came once more to the surface, and the so-called Tithe War began. Rack-rents were beginning to pinch and to be looked upon as wrongful. And worst of all, there was a bad harvest. On the west coast, the potatoes had failed and famine was threatening. Energetic measures were taken to cope with this last...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236745809
  • 9781236745804