The Catholic Church and Partition
The position of the Catholic Church during the early twentieth century became the focus of those both opposed to Home Rule and, later, to Partition. The Church has often been presented as holding a pivotal role in events during the formative years of both the Northern Ireland state and the Irish Free State. The Cardinal Tomas Ó Fiaich Library & Archive have digitised more than 5,000 pages of records from the papers of Cardinals Logue, O’Donnell and MacRory to give access to scholars of this period. These are made available here for free thanks to the generosity of the Shared History Fund supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The documents draw from the wealth of material housed in the Cardinal Ó Fiaich Library & Archive and cover the period from the early 1890s until the mid 1930s. It is hoped that by making this material more widely available that we can build on the work of historians in presenting a clearer and more comprehensive story of our shared past.