This chapter discusses sectarian conflict in Tipperary. The decade of the 1760s saw the conjunction of a unique set of circumstances in the political, legal, economic, and religious spheres, and in time and place, which made Protestants feel threatened because of their own minority position in the county and, as they perceived it, because of a new assertiveness on the part of Catholics. The open sectarianism which resulted had implications for denominational and political relationships nationally. There were antecedents in terms of confessional composition and tensions in the county which provided the framework within which the events of the 1760s materialized. As a background to the events of the 1760s two questions can be considered: What were the political trends in the county, and what was the disposition of the different religious denominations before 1760?
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