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Birth of an independent Ireland. Moulding young in the Irish periodical press

Libro di   Elena Ogliari

Birth of an independent Ireland. Moulding young in the Irish periodical press Libro di  Elena Ogliari
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As Ireland moves through the centenary of commemoration of the War of Independence and the establishment of the Free State, it seems only right to direct our attention to the primary role played by the young in the revolutionary years between 1913 and 1923. Although they were never mere recipients who passively absorbed pre-formed systems of values, the young had been mentored by nationalist groups and individuals to become active citizens and the builders of a free, independent Ireland. Multiple actors of nationalist sympathies impacted on their lives through social and cultural activities and cultural production ranging from historical works to popular periodical literature. A prominent part was played by Our Boys, Fianna, Young Ireland, and St. Enda's - periodicals for juveniles that carried out a political and cultural programme by catering for both the delight and instruction of Ireland's youth. They published creative literary work alongside political and critical commentary on pressing matters, as the imperative of these newly-formed papers was to bring their readers into the public space of politics, so that they would contribute to the nation-building process.

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