definition of Irish national identity. Catholicism’s growing importance in this identity is shown by comparing the eighteenth century United Irishmen, who combined secular and sectarian republicanism, the romantic nationalism of the nineteenth century Young Ireland movement, and the almost exclusively Catholic Irish Republican Army of this century. However, this Catholic, Gaelic, separatist identity excluded Protestant, non-Gaelic and unionist Irish people. The author concludes by rejecting the notion of ‘an immemorial Irish nation, unfolding holistically through the centuries' to stress discontinuities over time and the wider geographical setting of the British Isles. This article considers problems raised in recent historical scholarship concerning the.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Sep 1995|
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