Ireland Tradition and Dissent

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Humanities: Tradition and Dissent TMA03 - Option 1 Ireland: the Invention of Tradition How useful are the concepts of “tradition” and “dissent” in understanding attitudes to the built heritage of Ireland? The two concepts of “tradition” and “dissent” are extremely useful in understanding the built heritage of Ireland. To understand the differing attitudes to the built heritage of Ireland is to contemplate the historical accounts, stories and legends that fabricate traditions and incite dissent. The concept of tradition is associated with the passing down through generations, beliefs, thoughts and actions (“tradition”, n.d) and dissent derives from a desire to publicly protest against the traditions and against those holding the…show more content…
This small step to independence by a group of dissenters was able to use the built heritage site of Tara to invoke within the Irish people a sense of their lost traditionalism and new found fervor for nationalism (Laurence, 2008, p.159). Nevertheless, the continual dominance of British rule saw no substantial social and economic changes for Catholics as they were still”steeped in habitual misery” (Finn & Lynch, 1995, p.24). At Daniel O’Connell’s burial site, his supporters erected the tallest round tower in Ireland. The round tower is a historical symbol of Irish Christianity. This enabled dissenters to create new traditions to speak to future generations through the visual power of a symbolic monument. At his request, O ’Connell’s heart was buried in Rome, the home of the Catholic Church (Burke et al. 2008) By the beginning of the 19th century, the Cromwellian policies of plantation and land confiscation were evident on the landscapes of country estates. Landownership was the domain of the privileged minority. In 1804, up to 10,000 landlords, within a population of 5.4 million, were almost exclusively Protestant; only 5% of land in Catholic hands (“History of Landed Estates in Ireland, n.d). This leads to another asset to the built heritage of Ireland, known as “The Big House”. The Big House is the country residence of the landlord. At the beginning of the
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