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Eucharistic Congress Dublin 1932

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ISBN13: 9781845889500

ISBN10: 1845889509


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  • The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 1932 by Rory ODwyer was published by The History Press Ltd in May 2009. The ISBN for The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 1932 is 9781845889500.

    The 31st International Eucharistic Congress, held in Dublin in 1932, is one of the most remarkable public events to have taken place in Ireland in the twentieth century. The congress left an indelible impression on all who witnessed it, a touchstone in the lives of those who participated. The sheer scale of the event bore striking testimony to the pride in identity, both national and religious, which guided the hundreds of thousands of people who participated in the congress. It has often been noted how the congress was an event in the early decades of Irish independence which made manifest the Catholic nature of the new state. In "The 1932 Eucharistic Congress" Rory ODwyer shares his knowledge and extensive research with the reader and includes a large number of photographs of the event.

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    Catholic Eucharistic Congresses are international gatherings for the purpose of celebrating the Holy Eucharist. The first Eucharistic Congress was held in 1881 under Pope Leo XIII. Forty-eight congresses have been organised by the Papal Committee for Eucharistic Congresses to increase devotion to the Eucharist as a part of the practice of faith, and as a public witness of faith to society at large.

    The next one will be held in Dublin in 2012. It will be for many an echo of the past, for the 31st International Eucharistic Congress was held in Dublin on June 21-26, 1932. It was one of the most outstanding public events in Irish history, a premier international Catholic event.

    Irish Free State

    The 1932 Congress was hugely significant in terms of asserting the identity of the Irish Free State as a leading Catholic nation. It was the largest public spectacle in twentieth-century Ireland. There was even an act passed by the Government specifically for the event. It was called the Eucharistic Congress (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1932.

    The events surrounding the 31st Eucharistic Congress were a milestone not just in the decade that it took place, but in the life of the infant Irish State. Though the Congress itself was formally finished in less than a week, to many of those who participated in the event, it remained a touchstone in their entire lives.

    The month of June in 1932 saw the new Irish State mobilise its meagre resources in order to meet the challenge posed by this showcase for global Catholicism. From the much fated arrival of the special Papal Legate, Cardinal Lorenzo Lauri at Dón Laoghaire Harbour at the beginning of Congress Week to the incredible scenes of devotion that marked the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park six days later, few efforts were spared by the Irish Government.

    Papal broadcast

    The event itself, which culminated with a live papal broadcast from Rome on Sunday, June 26 to the Irish people, was universally considered to be an outstanding success. The Irish State had successfully entertained literally thousands of Churchmen who came to Dublin from every corner of the globe. The memory of Count John MacCormack singing Panis Angelicus still lives in the popular imagination.

    Other memories persist: Ocean liners carrying thousands of pilgrims from all corners of the globe arriving in Irish ports for the Eucharistic Congress; the colour, atmosphere, excitement, and the beautiful weather; the decorations, flags, bunting, devotions, churches overflowing, streets singing in unison with the heavenly angels? paradise regained in a harmonious relationship that was in evidence between all sections of the Irish political establishment and the Catholic Church.

    Climactic event

    It was the fitting climactic event to the struggle for political independence and Catholic Emancipation - the centenary of which had been marked in 1929.

    This book then is to be welcomed. This well-illustrated study on the Congress demonstrates the extraordinary vibrancy and good feeling that the event generated in the very harsh economic climate of the period, which is echoed again today.

    Along with a highly-informed analysis of the social, religious and political background to the Congress, the author shares the fruits of his exhaustive research on this subject?including the personal recollections of participants in the Congress, pictures from private family collections, and highlights from the vast Dublin Diocesan Archives collection of material on the Congress.

    In all, The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 1932 is a scholarly yet accessible study of an event which vividly captured Catholic culture in Ireland at its apex. The book is essential reading for all those with an interest in Irish cultural history.

    Despite this, the book is a good introduction to a national and an international event in Irish social history that vividly captured Catholic culture in Ireland at its apex.

    - Mauris Curtis, The Irish Catholic

    I was much impressed by Rory ODwyers illustrated history of The Eucharistic Congress: Dublin 1932 (Nonsuch Ireland, Ôé¼17.99) Rory is a young historian and he has put together a unique memoir of a significant event in the history of the Irish State, with brilliant photographs, facsimile documents and personal memoir. This is an Ireland we will never see again, but is a quintessential part of our heritage

    - MARY KENNY, 17 Dec 2009 - The Irish Catholic


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