Charles Frederick D’Arcy

Life
[d.1938]; Archbishop of Armagh; DD, FRSA, MRIA, Hon. DD (Oxon, Belf., Glasgow); Hon Litt.D. (Dublin); conducted a service and blessing prior in Belfast Cathedral, 28 Sept. 1912, and proceeded to City Hall to sign the Ulster Covenant, Sept. 28, 1912; life-long friend of James Craig, Lord Craigavon; author of The Christian Outlook on the Modern World; Providence and the World Order; et al.; The Adventures of a Bishop: A Phase in Irish Life (1934).

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Quotations
The Adventures of a Bishop: A Phase in Irish Life, a Personal and Historical Narrative by Charles Frederick D’Arcy (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1934), 319pp.; Introduction: ‘The intense self-consciousness of the Irish and their desire to assert themselves agains the overwhelming strength of another people have produced a multitude of books. The result is a literature with a distinct quality of its own; a literature which has interested the world and gained a wider hearing and more sympathy than could perhaps have been expected./But there is an element of Irish life which though living and active, has been strangely silent, and whose existence is hardly known to the outside world. This part of the people of Ireland is not contemptible. It has not failed in private virtue or public service. It has taken more than its share of the work of the world to which it belongs. Its one failure is that it has never forced itself upon the attention of the world./My purpose in these pages is to tell things as I saw them, and to weave round a personal [narrative] some account of the social life and spiritual outlook of those among whom I have lived and worked all my life.’ Incidental passages deal with Lord McNaughton (p.99ff.); Pan-Anglican Conference, London 1906; mentions also serious injuries to his son John at Ypres, 4 Nov. 1916, and his being found and rescued on the battle field by the late Lord Dufferin after being left for dead; defends Primate Stone (p.229f.).

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