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Date: 13 October 2017
The World of Edward Thomas O'Dwyer - Bishop of Limerick. (1886 - 1917)
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THE WORLD OF

EDWARD THOMAS

O'DWYER

OF LIMERICK (1886-1917)

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE,

LIMERICK – 13

OCTOBER 2017

 

On 13 October 2017, Limerick Diocesan Archives & the Department of History, Mary Immaculate College, will host a one-day conference to assess the legacy of Bishop Edward Thomas O’Dwyer of Limerick, on the centenary of his death.

Bishop O’Dwyer is best remembered for his celebrated clash with Sir John Maxwell in the wake of the 1916 Rising. Overnight his reputation was transformed from ‘Castle’ bishop to hero of nationalist Ireland and he died in a blaze of glory in August 1917. For the previous thirty years, however, he walked astride the national stage, courting controversy for his contrarian positions on everything from the Plan of Campaign, to university education and the fall of Parnell. In the context of the First World War, and perhaps less well known, are his anti-war writings which had a significant international impact. At a local level, feared if not actively disliked by many of his priests, he promoted temperance and worked to improve social conditions in Limerick, expanding educational and health facilities. On the centenary of his death, this conference, ‘The World of Edward Thomas O’Dwyer of Limerick (1886-1917)’ is a timely opportunity to revisit the legacy of ‘our difficult bishop’, as he was described by Kate O’Brien.

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