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Title: Dissident voices : some aspects of fringe republican thought 1962-1972
Author: Hunt, Matthew Ryan
ISNI:       0000 0004 6424 5891
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis is an investigation of what some have deemed ‘traditionalist’ or ‘legitimist’ republicanism as it existed in the Ireland of the 1960s. It specifically uses the policy document Eire Nua as the prime expression of this worldview with the emerging Provisional republican movement. The place of £ire Nua and the figures that supported it are discussed in the literature review which demonstrates the gap in the historiography around what might be deemed these ‘losers’ in eventual power struggles within the Provisionals. It also contains the discussion of the methodology pursued in this investigation. The second chapter concerns itself with fzire Nua itself, providing a close reading of all of the policies enumerated in the document as well as the publishing history and context of the document. The third chapter covers the life and works of Desmond Fennell who had a strong influence in the policies of Eire Nua and its promotion. More widely Fennell provided the strongest public voice for the mentality that inspired the document. The fourth chapter covers some voices from the Gaeltacht in the 1960s that reflexively informed and were informed by the republican sensibilities of the ‘traditionalist’ set. These include Father James McDyer who alongside republican activists attempted to set up a series of cooperative enterprises in Donegal and the poet Mairtin 0 Direain from the Aran Islands who wrote of the disintegration of what he saw as Irish society from his position as a civil servant in Dublin. The final chapter deals with the history and biographical details of Ruairf 0 Bradaigh, Daithi O’Connell, and Sean Mac Stiofain as it relates to the emergence and eventual discarding of their brand of republicanism as the standard bearer within the Provisional movement. This brief alliance between the rural, Gaelic, utopian vision of Irishness and the ongoing conflict in the north was a short moment in time advantageous for both groups. This thesis explores the understudied notion of republicanism and Irishness from those who would be pushed out by those that would take over the Provisionals.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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