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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318078

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317774

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Conclusion: The Cult of Tone

Conclusion: The Cult of Tone

(p.395) Conclusion: The Cult of Tone
Wolfe Tone
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the history of the emergence of the cult of Theobald Wolfe Tone. It explains that it was Thomas Davis and his circle of Young Irelanders in the Nation newspaper which launched the Tone cult in the 1840s and popularised details of his life and this made Tone's autobiography The Life of William Wolfe Tone a standard reading for generations of nationalist leaders. This chapter also considers views that Tone was a strange icon for twentieth-century Catholic Ireland for his efforts to portray Irish nationalism and republicanism as non-sectarian.

Keywords:   Theobald Wolfe Tone, Tone cult, Thomas Davis, Nation, The Life of William Wolfe Tone, nationalist leaders, Catholic Ireland, Irish nationalism, republicanism

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