- 1The domination of the Anglo-Irish Protestant minority in Ireland, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries.More example sentences
- By agreeing to direct talks, the Loyal Orders may dispel the notion that they are merely triumphalist organisations, wanting to see a return to a new millennium version of the 17th century Protestant ascendancy in Ireland.
- The term Anglo-Irish was applied increasingly by 19th-century historians of the Protestant ascendancy to register growing awareness of the political and social circumstances of British settlers in Ireland.
- For Britain, the peace process was driven primarily by the fact that its old methods of rule over the north though Unionism and the Protestant ascendancy were no longer effective.
- 1.1The members of the landed aristocracy comprising the Anglo-Irish Protestant minority in Ireland.More example sentences
- Upper middle class Australia is no longer the exclusive property of the Protestant ascendancy, but the newcomers to money and status have learned the old putdowns.
- Shortly before Humbert landed there was a vicious, though short-lived, outburst in Wicklow, enough to convince the Protestant ascendancy of its isolation.
- Throughout the last century the Protestant ascendancy ran the colonies as landholders, merchants, professionals, administrators, legislators, magistrates and missionaries.