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Walking Backwards to Heaven? Hope and the Catholics of Cloyne Diocese, 1700 – 1830

Martin Millerick (left) presenting Bishop Crean with a copy of ‘Walking Backwards to Heaven? Hope and the Catholics of Cloyne Diocese, 1700 – 1830’.

This book outlines the struggles of Cloyne’s Catholics in asserting their identities in a harsh environment. Thomas Davis from Mallow believed that during this time, the most that Irish peasants could hope for was to agitate for something better, and after death, in God. Emigration added a further hope. This book explores how Cloyne’s Catholics found hope within themselves, in their heritages, spiritualities and cultures, how they found hope among each other and how they found hope in a wider world.

This book was launched at last Saturday’s Conference on St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh.

The book is available in the Cathedral Bookshop, Cobh, or may be purchased from the Cloyne Diocesan Office (Bishop’s Residence). Sale price is Euro 15.

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