Patrick Pearse

(1879—1916) writer and Irish revolutionary

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Arthur Griffith

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Irish nationalist leader and statesman, President of the Irish Free State (1922) government. In 1905 he founded and became President of Sinn Fein. Griffith was among...

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Charles Stewart Parnell

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Irish nationalist leader. Elected to Parliament in 1875, Parnell became leader of the Irish Home Rule faction in 1880, and, through his obstructive parliamentary tactics,...

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Christian Brothers

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The Irish Catholic lay teaching order founded by Edmund Rice (1762–1844), who opened a school for poor boys in Waterford in 1802, followed shortly by schools in other Irish towns. ...

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Claidheamh Soluis

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(Sword of Light), established in 1899 as the newspaper of the Gaelic League. It was edited by Eoin MacNeill (1899–1901) and Patrick Pearse (1903–9). It continued under the names Fáinne ...


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Desmond Ryan

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man of letters; born in London, son of W. P. Ryan, he came to Ireland and was educated at Patrick Pearse's school, St. Enda's, becoming a teacher there and ...

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Easter Rising

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(April 1916)

An insurrection in Dublin when some 2000 members of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army took up arms against British rule in Ireland. The Irish Republican...

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Eoin MacNeill

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activist and historian. Born in Glenarm, Co. Antrim, he was a founder of the Gaelic League with Douglas Hyde and others, and became Professor of Early Irish History at...

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Overview page. Subjects: Literature — History.

Originally a semi‐mythical, semi‐historical military body said to have been raised for the defence of Ireland against Norse raids. Finn, in his day, was its chief. The Fenians of modern...

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Gaelic League

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Founded in Ireland in 1893 with Douglas Hyde as first president, its intention was to revive the Irish language. Ostensibly non‐political, the League inevitably attracted Irish...

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Íosagán agus Sgéalta Eile

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(1907), a collection of four short stories of children by Pádraic Mac Piarais (Patrick Pearse). With their frank adoption of the form and technique of the modern short story they ...

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