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Thurles, Synod of

Thurles, Synod of, August 1850. This was a national synod of Irish catholic bishops, whose decisions, submitted to Rome for ratification, were consequently binding. The Queen's Colleges were secular institutions, established in Ireland by Act of Parliament in 1845, to make higher education available to all denominations. They were widely criticized as ‘godless’. Catholic opposition sought papal support and, by a narrow margin, the Synod of Thurles voted to forbid priests accepting posts and to urge parents against enrolling their children.

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