[Rev.] Michael O’Riordan

Life
1857-1919; author of Catholicity and Progress in Ireland (1905), written in answer to Michael J. F. McCarthy, Priests and People in Ireland (1902 & edns.)

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Works
Rev. M. O’Riordan, [DPD DD DCL] Catholicity and Progress in Ireland (Dublin: Cahill 1905) [being an answer to Horace Plunkett], 510pp. [23 chaps. ending with ‘A Review of Education in Ireland’]; and Do. [2nd edn.] (London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trüber; St. Loyis: B. Herder 1905).

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Quotations
Catholicity and Progress in Ireland (1905), on Horace Plunkett: ‘The want that Sir Horace Plunkett finds in Catholicism, any Roman citizen would have found in the teaching of Christ ... might object that He [Jesus] had made no provision for commercial enterprise; ... Sir Horace possesses the industrial spirit, and he easily takes for granted that there is no such thing as character unless that which spends itself in industry ... the spirit of Catholicism is opposed both the spirit of industrialism and to the spirit of esoteric Buddhism.’ (Given in Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Literature, Derry 1991, Vol. II, pp.696-702.)

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