The battle for Ireland's moral high ground
For God and Ireland: The Fight for Moral Superiority in Ireland 1922-1932. By MP McCabe. Irish Academic Press, €45.
One of the most defining images of 20th century Ireland shows President Eamon de Valera kneeling down to kiss the ring of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid. Taken at the opening of UCD's Belfield campus in 1962, it perfectly captures the servile relationship that once existed between Fianna Fáil and the Catholic Church. In many people's minds, the link was so strong that nationalism and Catholicism seemed like two sides of the same coin.
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