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Devotional Catholicism in the workplace in 1950’s Ireland: The Case of the Industrial Rosary Crusade


The Marian Year, 1954, which was called by Pope Pius XII to commemorate the centenary of the promulgation of the dogma of the Blessed Virgin Mary, witnessed a notable increase of Marian devotion across the Catholic world. This was the case in Ireland as in other countries, and the year was a watershed moment in Marian devotion in a period in which the Catholic Church’s influence over state and society in independent Ireland was itself at its height.

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