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Thread: James Connolly: Roman Catholic and Irish Speaker!

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    Default James Connolly: Roman Catholic and Irish Speaker!

    There is much speculation about James Connolly, his attitude towards religion and the Irish language. Anti-Irish language left wingers I have met have remarked that Connolly was ambivalent towards Irish, indeed he said:

    You cannot teach starving men Gaelic
    Although, this was said in context and he appears generally approving of the language movement:

    James Connolly: The Language Movement (1898)

    The issue of his faith is contentious too. The only definitive remark he made with respect to his religion was:

    though I have usually posed as a Catholic, I have not done my duty for 15 years, and have not the slightest tincture of faith left…
    Yet, there is ample evidence he was a man of faith:

    • Quote Originally Posted by Big Jim Larkin
      Connolly was born a Catholic, lived, and died a Catholic
    • Scott Herbert (acquaintance in the British labour movement) called him "devoutly Catholic"
    • His writtings
    • Made last Confession and received Holy Communion the 1st and 2nd of May 1916, respectively, and again Friday 12th.
    • Daniel de Leon, leader of the Socialist Labour Party USA refers to him, among other things, a "Jesuit spy"
    • Wife Lillie converts to Catholicism 15th August 1916


    Concerning the first occasion, his Confessor Fr. Aloysius records this amusing and poignant exchange:

    Tuesday 2nd

    In the morning I gave Holy Communion to James Connolly. Later in the day I went with Father Augustine to Headquarters, Infirmary Road and met General (Sir John) Maxwell....
    When I reached Kilmainham Gaol I was informed that Thomas MacDonagh also wished for my ministrations. I was taken to the prisoners' cells and spent some hours between the two. "You will be glad to know that I gave Holy Communion to James Connolly this morning," I said to Pearse when I met him. "Thank God," he replied, "it is the one thing I was anxious about."
    Quite.

    I thought I would add this piece of evidence: the Connolly family census returns, 1911 from 70 South Lotts Road in Ringsend:

    National Archives: Census of Ireland 1911

    Actual return:
    http://www.census.nationalarchives.i.../nai000119513/

    Connolly clearly lists himself as a Roman Catholic and declares that he can speak English and Irish.

    Not usually thought of as a Gaelgóir, I wonder will this change people's perception of him??

    Also, he apparently believes we Irish have certain "racial characteristics" worth salvaging.

    Over to you, Clare Daly!

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    He declares it on census form? That's your evidence? LOL.
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    ....How is this relevant?
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    Quote Originally Posted by APettigrew92 View Post
    ....How is this relevant?
    To what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Se0samh View Post
    To what?


    Claire Daly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eoghanacht View Post
    Claire Daly?
    I was just saying....

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    Well don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eoghanacht View Post
    Claire Daly?
    Was Clare Daly born in Edinburgh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummed View Post
    Well don't.
    Why not?

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    Why not what?
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