Canon Ulick Bourke: cultural nationalism, popular politics and the Knock apparition

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dc.contributor.advisor Geary, Laurence M. en Faherty, Shane 2015-12-14T16:00:24Z 2015 2015
dc.identifier.citation Faherty, Shane. 2015. Canon Ulick Bourke: cultural nationalism, popular politics and the Knock apparition. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 297
dc.description.abstract Accounts of the Knock Apparition, academic and devotional, always start by relating that the Virgin Mary, St Joseph, and St John the Evangelist appeared to fifteen people on a rainy Thursday evening at the south gable of Knock chapel, Co. Mayo, on 21 August 1879. They usually mention that the Land War was in progress. Despite the fact Knock supposedly receives one and a half million visitors a year, until three decades ago no scholar had examined accounts of the apparition. Recent work has sought to define the Knock Apparition in light of the Land War, the ‘devotional revolution’, which took place in Irish Catholicism in the quarter century prior to the apparition, and the influence of the parish priest, Archdeacon Bartholomew Cavanagh. This thesis acknowledges these factors, but contends that the single greatest force in shaping accounts of the apparition was Canon Ulick Joseph Bourke, one of the three priests on the commission of investigation into Knock. Furthermore, this thesis proves that Bourke’s role as a central figure in influencing the later Gaelic revival has been overlooked by scholars of cultural nationalism. By examining Bourke’s cultural nationalism and views on antiquity and language, as well as his politics and reaction to the Land War, this thesis argues that Bourke sought to create an orthodox version of the apparition which could be reconciled to his views on Irish Catholic identity, while serving as a bulwark against threats to the temporal power of the clergy. In addition to influencing accounts of the apparition through his role in interviewing the witnesses and recording their testimony, Bourke further shaped the narrative of the apparition by controlling its dissemination, to the extent that all accounts of Knock are based on a text largely created by him. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, Shane Faherty. en
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dc.subject History en
dc.subject Gaelic revival en
dc.subject Land League en
dc.subject Irish history en
dc.subject Land war en
dc.subject Knock apparition en
dc.title Canon Ulick Bourke: cultural nationalism, popular politics and the Knock apparition en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en History en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
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