Over the course of five decades, O'Faolain sparred with the Board of Literary Censors, the Gaelic League
, and the Catholic hierarchy, among others, and his writing career provides a cultural topography of postindependence Ireland in a way that few literary histories can achieve.
Similarly the Gaelic League
, founded in 1893, was a vehicle to promote the Irish language and culture and saw its membership reach 100,000 by 1906.
In All Dressed Up: Modern Irish Historical Pageantry, Joan Fitzpatrick Dean traces the evolution of Irish pageantry from Gaelic League
Language Week Processions in the early twentieth century to the Macnas parades in Galway that continue into the twenty-first.
Murphy reminded us a few years back that 'if it wasn't for the English language the Gaelic League
would never have got off the ground' (such was the absence of the Irish language in non-Gaeltacht areas), so, too, we might glean from Dowling that Traditional music--as so rigorously preserved and artistically respected as it is now--may not be with us today at all were it not for the ideology that drove the language movement, entwined as that was with politics.
In 1951 Ernest Blythe, the finance minister of the Irish government, wrote: "When I joined the Gaelic League
and began to learn Irish, one of my fellow members told me, almost with bated breath, that the Welsh community in Dublin had its own church in which services were conducted in Welsh.
O Siadhail theorizes that her views began to shift even before the Irish visit, as Hughes met members of the Gaelic League
and other Irish expatriate organizations in the British capital.
The aim of the event was to encourage new players to sign up before the start of the first round of the Middle East Gaelic League
in Bahrain on October 24.
According to Antoinette Quinn, although the Gaelic League
was more willing to allow female membership, the patriarchal ideology imposed upon Irish women time and again manifested itself.
The purpose of this essay is to examine the utopian impulses and constructions within the Irish-language social movement known as the Gaelic League
, a movement that formed the nucleus of mass Irish cultural nationalism at the fin de siecle.
He appreciated the influential role the Gaelic League
and cultural revival played in forging Irish identity, though he was not enamoured with 'the false doctrine of the Proclamation' (p.
The volume is not particularly clear as to the dates of the various materials, but they address such topics as the signing of the Truce of July of 1921, the meaning of the Rising of 1916, criticism of the Government of Ireland Act of 1920 (which Collins and other nationalists dubbed the "Partition Act"), the national culture of Ireland, Ireland's resources to be developed upon independence, and the roles of the Gaelic League
and Sinn Fein in the struggle for Irish independence.
48) Finally, the city's Gaelic League
branch, founded in 1906, organized lectures, language classes, and entertainments as part of an ostensibly non-political agenda to restore Irish "ethnic pride" through cultural revivalism.