Religious Conflict in Ireland
Religion is a source of conflict all around the world. This is incredibly evident throughout Irish history. During the early days there was conflict between the ideas of the original Pagan beliefs and the beliefs of Catholicism that spread throughout Ireland. Later there was conflict with the Catholics and Protestants. These occurrences are important throughout the Irish history and shaped a large amount of the conflict within the country. These can be seen throughout Irish literature and drama. One example is the play Dancing at Lughnasa. This play showed examples of everyday conflict religion played with in life. The strictly religious Kate showed large amounts of disdain for the pagan traditions. The disdain for the pagan traditions was no were near as strong as the hatred and conflict that was created by the the Catholic and Protestant conflicts. The shear amount of hatred between the two churches was significant enough to possibly be seen as a war between the two factions. These problems affect both women and men, who ever is opposing in beliefs would have been affected by the conflicts. Things are commonly looked at from the man’s point of view as he typically is the one fighting but the women would also get significantly affected. That can be shown through media like Dancing at Lughnasa and other Irish plays. The internal conflicts that are created through the religious struggles in the area affect everyone.
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