South Tipperary – 1570 -1841, Religion, Land and Rivalry explores the interaction between the Protestant and Roman Catholic communities of South Tipperary from their earliest divergence c.1570 to the culmination of emancipation, c.1841. Particular attention is given to the ultimately unsuccessful strategies of the ruling establishment to secure hegemony in the region and thereby dominate the Roman Catholic majority.
In South Tipperary, the author makes excellent use of a range of printed and manuscript sources in the form of visitations, censuses, taxation assessments, parliamentary reports etc. to produce an extraordinary range of maps. These depict the changing religious and political landscape of Tipperary’s south riding. This study is important to general Irish history because this district exhibits considerable continuity from the Middle Ages through to the Modern Era. As the author says, South Tipperary was ” an area of hegemonic contestation” – in a sense it was crucial to the survival of Irish Catholicism and perhaps Irishness itself.
–Dr Hiram Morgan–