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The Minority VoiceHubert Butler and Southern Irish Protestantism, 1900-1991$
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Robert Tobin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641567.001.0001

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Public Controversy and Intellectual Dissent, 1949–72

Public Controversy and Intellectual Dissent, 1949–72

(p.150) 5 Public Controversy and Intellectual Dissent, 1949–72
The Minority Voice

Robert Tobin

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the conservatism that continued to dominate Irish society during the 1950s and the shift that began to take place in the course of the 1960s. It assesses Butler's efforts to balance his cherished sense of autonomy as a landowning Protestant intellectual with his sense of obligation to participate fully in Irish civic life. It documents the ostracism Butler suffered as a result of the Papal Nuncio Incident and the negative response he received from some of his fellow Protestants for his outspokenness. It records Protestant resentment over the Ne Temere Decree and recounts events surrounding the Fethard‐on‐Sea Boycott of 1957. It assesses Butler's continuing commitment to non‐sectarian nationalism as the South began to liberalize religiously and socially, while the North was overtaken by the violence of the modern Troubles.

Keywords:   Church of Ireland Gazette, Kilkenny Archaeological Society, Ne Temere Decree, Fethard‐on‐Sea Boycott, Northern Unionism, Kilkenny Debates, Theobald Wolfe Tone, Seán Lemass, Vatican II, The Troubles

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