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The radical Protestant tradition February 25, 2017

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Here’s a piece on Radical Prods: the Forgotten Story of Protestant Radical Nationalists and the 1916 Rising, written by the late Valerie Jones.

Important point made here by her daughter, Heather Jones:

The book is at pains to emphasise that the Easter Rising was a majority Catholic event: under fire, many participants relied visibly upon their Catholic faith, but the minority religious involvement was more substantial than previously known. It was after the Rising that this history was forgotten, with only those famous Protestants who converted to Catholicism, such as Casement and Markievicz, being remembered in popular culture, skewing the focus towards aristocrats, when, in fact, most radical “rebel Prods” were middle- or working-class.

It’s worth keeping in mind how that strand, or those strands, informed the Gaelic Revival too.

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1. Pasionario - February 25, 2017

Wasn’t Casement himself middle-class rather than aristocratic?

Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel about him The Dream of The Celt is a good read.

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2. ar scáth a chéile - February 26, 2017

From an earlier rising,Thomas Leslie Birch, Presbyterian minister in the summer of 98:

“Men of Down are gathered here today, being the Sabbeth of the Lord of God, to pray and fight for the Liberty of this Kingdom of Ireland. We have grasped the pike and musket and fight for right against might; to drive the bloodhounds of King George the German king beyond the seas. This is Ireland, we are Irish and we shall be free. ”
(quoted by Breandán Ó Buachalla in “Éirí Amach 1798 in Éirinn ” Cló Iar-Chonnachta,1998)

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3. EWI - February 26, 2017

Indeed. Martin Maguire in DKIT has also been doing sterling work on this subject for years (his frequent subject, Harry Nicholls, was a Gaelic Leaguer, Volunteer, IRB member and founder of what is today IMPACT).

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4. Michael Mullan - February 27, 2017

Catholic nationalism has bugger-all to do with republicanism but its ideologues have managed, down the years, to portray republicans of Protestant heritage or belief as exceptions.
Until and unless Catholic nationalism is recognised for the toxic mix that it is, and the republican idea as something that utterly contradicts Catholic nationalism, it will remain a bit unusual for people who are not bigoted Catholics to adopt the label of republican for ourselves.

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