What Ireland Needs

What Ireland Needs

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...holy and ancient Catholic religion will be destroyed. Trample those books under your feet, or we shall be saying mass to empty walls!' A glorious testimony to the simple power of the Irish Bible; an English one does them no harm, for a Roman Catholic will not touch a book 'written by the devil, but the devil never knew Irish, or spoke the language of Paradise ' " (Life, p. 128-9). Mr. Pennefather wrote thus in October, 1841. The description gives a fair picture of the same kind of meetings of Irish teachers held three times every year since that date in every Mission district-throughout twelve counties of Ireland; of meetings held by the present writer in many of those districts during July, August, and September, 1878. Ireland has undergone a great social revolution during the last thirty-seven years. In many parts English education has rapidly spread throughout the population. Hence the Irish Society has retired from the counties named above, in order to penetrate the more benighted and neglected districts. At present it employs, besides a large staff of Scripture Readers, Schoolmasters, etc., and some Missionary Clergymen, about 216 teachers of Irish schools, with about 7,000 pupils. But the words "school," "teachers," "pupils," as ordinarily understood, convey a very imperfect idea of what is intended in connection with this work. An explanation of the machinery, perfectly unique and novel, will excite surprise, and may excite a smile. What is a school? The term often signifies an assembly of children collected in a room for education by a master or mistress. Sometimes it designates the aggregate of students who are under the instruction of a Professor, --of Divinity, Medicine, Law, Science, etc Or it...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123684159X
  • 9781236841599