“A Lone, Lone Spot in the Far Southern Seas”

Cian T. McMahon

in Global Dimensions of Irish Identity

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9781469620107
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781469623184
“A Lone, Lone Spot in the Far Southern Seas”

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This chapter examines Irish racial discourse in the Australian colonies during the five years that the Young Irelanders spent there as “state prisoners.” Juxtaposing the private and public writings of these exiles with the opinions of Irish Australia’s main weekly newspaper, the chapter reveals the early inklings of global nationalism. On the one hand, finding themselves in a society united not by nationalism but by settler colonialism, Irish Celts portrayed themselves as hearty pioneers entirely suitable for membership in this far-flung British settler society. On the other hand, global nationalism’s edge of ethnic solidarity, which situated these migrants spatially among contemporary Irish Celts abroad, remained strong. As it had in Ireland in the 1840s, the international spread of the Irish popular press fostered the construction of this new identity.

Keywords: Young Irelanders; Australian colonies; newspapers; Irish popular press; Irish Celts; settler colonialism; global nationalism; Australia

Chapter.  14165 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental History

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