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The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900$
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David Finkelstein

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424882

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424882.001.0001

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The Irish-Language Press: ‘A Tender Plant at the Best of Times’?

The Irish-Language Press: ‘A Tender Plant at the Best of Times’?

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(p.357) Chapter Twelve The Irish-Language Press: ‘A Tender Plant at the Best of Times’?
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The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2
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Regina Uí Chollatáin

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424882.003.0024

This chapter focuses on press and periodical press spaces as significant vehicles for Irish language and culture. Such development took place in spaces that juxtaposed Irish- and English-language usage within confined societal structures. The Gaelic column in English language newspapers from the 1850s onwards developed into a forum for the Irish Ireland movement. Much early nineteenth century Irish-language print material was linked to religious organisations; it is not until the latter half of the nineteenth century that Irish emerges in public discourse forums. A notable feature from the 1880s onwards is the use of journals such as the Irish Ecclesiastical Record and the Gaelic Journal as stepping stones for the foundation of the Gaelic League, the main Irish-language Revival organisation. The first dual-language newspaper of the Revival period An Claidheamh Soluis agus Fáinne an Lae (1899-1932), added new dimensions to the political space while maintaining cultural dominance. Irish-language journalism alone was not the cornerstone for Irish-language Revival, but as a cultural element in an evolving new social and intellectual structure, it embraced new writing and communication styles and formats.

Keywords:   Irish language, Language Revival, Gaelic League, Newspapers, Periodical Press, Journalism, Nineteenth Century, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Gaelic Journal, An Claidheamh Soluis agus Fáinne an Lae

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