O’Connell on ‘Castle Catholics’ (Paul-Dubois, 1908)

1.48-50. L. Paul-Dubois, Contemporary Ireland, with an Introduction by T.M. Kettle, M.P. (Dublin: Maunsel and Company, Ltd.; New York: The Baker and Taylor Co., 1908), p. 465. BL 8145.ee.35

An extract from L. Paul-Dubois, Contemporary Ireland (1908).

Something of O’Connell’s dismay at the conduct of Catholic timeservers echoes on in some of Stephen’s responses to Mulligan:

The motto No Papist need apply is still too true in Ireland. The “Papists,” however, are at last beginning to grow restive under the spur, and to assert their rightful position in the country. There is, indeed a small minority of Catholics who cling on to the skirts of the Ascendancy party, those “Castle Catholics” of whom Daniel O’Connell used to say “The Lord forgive me for having emancipated such fellows as those.” The majority, however, are plucking up courage, and intend making a reality of that “Catholic Emancipation” of 1829, which, socially speaking, is as yet only a shadow.

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