This article examines one of the last programmes by the Church of Ireland to convert the Catholic population of Ireland to Protestantism using the Irish language. It suggests that Bishop Francis Hutchinson (1660-1739) designed a Catechism in a new phonetic form of Irish to convert the Catholic charity school children of Rathlin Island, Co Antrim. Hutchinson not only published the Catechism but founded a Church and a charity school there. The project was a failure as his Catechism proved controversial among Ireland's Anglican clergy and faced opposition on the Island itself.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2004|