Instructions: Research the role religion played in life in Joyce's Dublin. What effects has Catholicism had on the Irish today and in Joyce's time?

Andrew Hayden 11/23/09

Even though Joyce was educated at a Jesuit College, he lost faith soon after his exit from college. His parents wanted to push him to join th order but he turned his back on the opportunity, He then began to lose patriotism, friends, and respect for his country
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Map of Ireland
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Since the 16th century there has been religious conflict between the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. Some of the disputes have been ongoing since the beginning of the conflict. During Joyce's first years of life, there were riots. And towards the later years of his life, the Anglo-Irish war and partition brought more violence into Ireland.

The Catholic Church controls most of the major institutions in Ireland. Many think that the Church abused their powers. Religiously their influence is becoming less intense.

Taylor Olson

Religion in Dublin
During the early 1900s Dublin was heavily dominated by Catholics. The Catholic church directed the moral and social lives of its members and society. It had control over politics, leisure time, and activities. The church played an important role in children's schooling and the number of nuns more than doubled during this time. For more information of religion in Ireland go to
Today Ireland is still heavily Catholic but other religions are more prevalent than they used to be. There is no separation between church and state so children are taught religion in public school. In Dublin they have different institutes where other religions are taught now days though. Religious tolerance has increased.

Trevor Locko
The Role of Religion in Joyce's Dublin

In both the past and present, religious tension between Irish Catholics and Protestants has divided the nation. o. Historically, the Catholic Church had an immense power and influence over the Irish, regulating politics and most of the public. Currently, the religious majority still rests in the control of the Catholic Church, but does not wield the same power it used t


Eric Soenksen
Religion in Dublin

In James Joyce’s Dublin, the city was dominated by Catholics. In fact, over 75% of the population was Catholic in 1900. The rest of the population was largely Protestant and highly discriminated against. Many Protestants felt as if the Catholic Church was corrupt and was operating with a morally wrong agenda. This was a problem to some because the Catholic “clergy were in a strong position to influence the younger generation through their work in schools.”

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Currently, the Catholic Church still maintains a large amount of power in Ireland. The schools are mostly non-secular so children are routinely taught religion in public schools. While other religions are growing slowly, Christianity and Catholicism will remain the dominant religion in Ireland for a long time to come.

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Andrew Dorr- Period 4

Religion has always been a large part of life in Dublin, Ireland. Currently the city is the administrative capital for almost all of the major religions in the nation. Although the city is largely slanted towards Roman Catholism, it is still considered the most religiously diverse of Ireland's major cities. I find it surprising that the city is now mostly Catholic even though it was first founded in the ninth century by pagan vikings. It is also home to the famous St. Patricks Cathedral pictured below.

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Chris Johnk
As a result of the essential takeover of Catholic Northern Ireland as well as a large area surrounding Dublin by Protestant England in the 14th and 15th Centuries, Irish citizens throughout the country were enraged by the implementing of British politics, tradition and religion in their formerly independent country. The vast majority of Ireland being Catholic, general hatred of Protestants (mostly English people) began to grow, and the two opposing sides began to fight each other for various lands in Ireland, particularly its largest city, Dublin. image moz-screenshot-2.png

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Marlayna Kirby
Catholicism played a large role in Dublin at the time of James Joyce. Religion dominated many political and social aspects of Ireland at the turn of the century. Ireland was predominantly poor and catholic.


Currently the Catholic Church does not have as much influence in Ireland as it once did. This is due to scandals and the modernization of Ireland. Ireland does not produce as many priest as it once had, and other religions are starting to become larger.,0,3397459.story