Gaelic League

Gaelic League

 

an organization of the Irish bourgeois intelligentsia. It was founded July 31, 1893. Its established goal was to revive the Gaelic language and to replace English culture in Ireland with Irish-Celtic culture. It promoted the development of the national literature, music, and theater. Its activities were especially intensified in the early 20th century when its influence had also spread among the Irish living in other countries. It contributed to the creation of the National University of Ireland (1909) with departments of Celtic archaeology, the history of Ireland, the Irish language, and Irish literature. The activities of the Gaelic League reflected to a certain extent the protest of the popular masses against the national oppression of Ireland, but on the whole, it was far removed from the real goals of the liberation struggle.

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Thus the new freedoms that Roise Dhonn experiences, from travelling to and spending time in the Donegal Gaeltacht, to working alongside men in the Gaelic League (the first Irish organization to promote equality between men and women in its ranks), are of secondary importance to her political agenda.
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.
Members of the Gaelic League had a reverberating effect upon Irish culture and literature through their determination to preserve Irish as a spoken language and artistic medium.
Mr McDowell is a grandson of Eoin Mac-Neill, founder of the Irish Volunteers and co-founder of the Gaelic League.
He also got involved with the Gaelic League before joining the Irish Republican Brotherhood and Sinn Fein.
Cathie began singing publicly when she was seven at the local Gaelic League and Irish American Club dances in Detroit.
I was taken to the Gaelic League in Detroit and did have Irish lessons but dropped them once I got vocal enough and found other interests.
Ever since the Gaelic League (founded in 1893) held its first ceili, a festival of traditional song and dance, in London in 1897, such festivals have spread to Ireland and Irish emigrant communities worldwide.
Keating and May Walsh met through their mutual involvement in the Gaelic League and married in 1919.
This confusion about the period under review leads to a disconcerting lack of attention to the second half of the nineteenth century throughout the volume, with the result that the Famine features only twice in passing, while the Gaelic League is not mentioned at all.
He signed it Mice[sz]l O Coile[sz]in, a signature he had probably used since first attending Gaelic League classes in London.
draws on sources in Irish and English languages to trace how leaders and members of the Gaelic League propagated their ideas about language and literature, revolution and independence, music, religion, education, and other matters in their local milieux.