Ideological conflict between Misneach and the LFM during the fifty-year commemoration of the Rising

Hugh Rowland


The 1960s was a transitional period in Irish society when Ireland was emerging into an era of new values, an era in which traditional attitudes and orthodoxy began to be questioned. This was due, in part, to the opening up of the Irish economy to external market factors which meant that economic development became a new national priority more so than cultural values such as language. This transition spawned a conflicting battle of ideas with regard to the role of language in the interpretation of Irish nationality and identity.

Within the context of social transformation in Ireland and the subsequent dissemination of new ideas, it is the aim of this essay to discuss the competing discourses constructed by both Misneach and the Language Freedom Movement (LFM) as they sought to re-imagine and to recreate the role of the Irish language within the context of Irish nationality. This battle of ideas was situated in the official state commemoration in 1966 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

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