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Stained glass windows commemorate the Catholic Emancipation and in particular to a key figure in the struggle, Daniel O'Connell.

Catholic emancipation or Catholic relief was a process in Great Britain and Ireland in the late 18th century and early 19th century which involved reducing and removing many of the restrictions on Roman Catholics which had been introduced by the Act of Uniformity, the Test Acts and the penal laws. Requirements to abjure the temporal and spiritual authority of the Pope and transubstantiation placed major burdens on Roman Catholics.

From the death of James Francis Edward Stuart in January 1766, the Papacy recognised the Hanoverian dynasty as lawful rulers of England, Scotland and Ireland, after a gap of 70 years, and thereafter the penal laws started to be dismantled. The most significant measure was the Catholic Relief Act of 1829, which removed the most substantial restrictions on Roman Catholicism in the United Kingdom.

In 1823 Daniel O'Connell founded the Catholic Association to campaign for the removal of discrimination against Catholics. In 1828 he was elected as M.P. for County Clare but as a Catholic he was not allowed to take his seat in the House of Commons. To avoid the risk of an uprising in Ireland, the British Parliament passed the Roman Catholic Relief Act in 1829, which granted Catholic emancipation and enabled O'Connell to take his seat.




Address:Church Street, St Patricks Church, Gympie, 4570
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.192442
Long: 152.665631
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:Culture
Designer:C .H. Lancaster & W. Bustard


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 21st April, 1929
Source: MA,QHR
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