Modern Ireland: Why Did the Catholic Church Play Such a Prominent Role in Irish Life?

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Modern Ireland: Why did the Catholic Church play such a prominent role in Irish life in the middle years of the 20th Century? Introduction In the second and the third decades of the 20th century, there was high rate of unemployment in Ireland. During this time, most of the citizens also lived under poor and overcrowded conditions. These poor conditions enhanced the essence of emigration in the search for quality livelihood. During the fourth decade of the 20th century, there was a transformation in the living condition though electrification of the towns and several villages in Ireland (Gray et al p. 94). In 1948, Ireland cut ties with the Britain to become an independent state thus the need to focus on implementation of its ideas, economic, political, and social policies. In the achievement and examination of the history of the modern Ireland, it is ideal to consider to role and importance of the Catholic Church in the middle of the 20th century. Role of the Catholic Church in the Irish life in the middle years of the 20th century Unification Irish society comes out as one of the most religious societies in Europe. Catholic nature of the Irish society is a defining element in relation to the Irish national identity in the late 19th and early 20th century (Rosswurm p. 243). Following the creation of the Irish Free State in the middle 20th century, the influence of the church was epic in the demonstration and development of public policies in relation to the concept of
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