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Newspapers and NewsmakersThe Dublin Nationalist Press in the Mid-Nineteenth Century$
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Ann Andrews

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381427

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381427.001.0001

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The Nation and the Dublin Repeal Press

The Nation and the Dublin Repeal Press

(p.18) Chapter 1 The Nation and the Dublin Repeal Press
Newspapers and Newsmakers

Ann Andrews

Liverpool University Press

In this chapter the Dublin nationalist press is portrayed as a formidable propaganda machine in its support for Daniel O’Connell’s Loyal National Repeal Association that campaigned to repeal the 1800 Act of Union. These newspapers are presented as responsible for much of the success and empowerment of Irish nationalism from late 1842, especially The Nation. Writers for this newspaper, the Young Irelanders, notably Thomas Davis, were also prominent activists in the Repeal Association who took every opportunity to advance their own vision of Irish nationalism, namely, a union of class and creed, and the creation of cultural nationalism, the latter seen as just as important as political nationalism. This chapter shows that unity was the key to the effectiveness of the Repeal campaign, which so alarmed the British government that it banned a planned monster meeting at Clontarf and arrested leading Repealers, including members of the Dublin nationalist press.

Keywords:   The Nation, Daniel O’Connell, Repeal Association, Young Irelanders, Thomas Davis, cultural nationalism, monster meeting, Clontarf

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