Irish language and literature, 1845–1921


in A New History of Ireland, Volume VI

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702365 | DOI:

Series: New History of Ireland

Irish language and literature, 1845–1921

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This chapter examines developments in Irish language and literature during the period from 1845 to 1921. It explains that during the 1840s, Irish had ceased to be the everyday language of all but a small proportion of the people of the island. However, during the 1920s, the status of being the national language was accorded to Irish under a native government representing the people of the greater part of Ireland. The chapter attempts to explain how this anomalous situation came about.

Keywords: Irish language; Irish literature; national language; native government; everyday language

Chapter.  25932 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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