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Edmund Rice : the man and his times

Author: Desmond Rushe
Publisher: Dublin : Gill and Macmillan, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"The legacy of Edmund Rice has few parallels in Irish history; it is difficult to envisage his modern equivalent. The son of a relatively prosperous farmer in Co. Kilkenny, he became a thriving businessman in Waterford. But at the height of his success, tragedy struck; his young wife, injured in an accident, died shortly after giving birth to a retarded daughter." "Edmund Rice decided to sell his business and devote  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rushe, Desmond.
Edmund Rice.
Dublin : Gill and Macmillan, 1995
(OCoLC)604368375
Online version:
Rushe, Desmond.
Edmund Rice.
Dublin : Gill and Macmillan, 1995
(OCoLC)609221432
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Desmond Rushe
ISBN: 0717123723 9780717123728
OCLC Number: 34356682
Notes: Previous edition: 1981.
Includes index.
Description: xi, 163 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps, color portraits ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Desmond Rushe.
Local System Bib Number:
172613

Abstract:

"The legacy of Edmund Rice has few parallels in Irish history; it is difficult to envisage his modern equivalent. The son of a relatively prosperous farmer in Co. Kilkenny, he became a thriving businessman in Waterford. But at the height of his success, tragedy struck; his young wife, injured in an accident, died shortly after giving birth to a retarded daughter." "Edmund Rice decided to sell his business and devote his life and wealth to the poor boys of Waterford. He founded a school and soon was joined by two other young Kilkenny men. The Christian Brothers were now a reality." "In this new edition of his book, first published in 1981, Desmond Rushe recounts in close detail the life of Edmund Rice set firmly within the context of his time when there were neither schools nor teachers for the impoverished and illiterate young people of Ireland. From such unpromising beginnings there were eventually three thousand of his Brothers in twenty-five countries catering for over two hundred thousand students in more than five hundred schools." "Edmund Rice's reputation for sanctity during his lifetime was legendary. Formal recognition of that sanctity has now been given as the process of his beatification moves steadily forward."--Jacket.
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