Young Ireland and the Fenians


Roots of the Irish Literary Renaissance

While the Irish Literary Renaissance or Revival from approximately 1885-1940 is famous for world-famous authors W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) and James Joyce (1882-1941), its roots lie deeper in the nineteenth century in the 1840s of the Young Ireland movement and the 1850s and 1860s of the Fenians when cultural nationalism transformed into militant cultural nationalism. In this class you will discover how Thomas Meagher (1823-1867) and other militants of the Young Ireland movement rose against British power and were imprisoned and transported and such Fenian figures as John O’Leary (1830-1907) – a crucial influence later on the young W.B. Yeats when he returned to Ireland in 1885 – were imprisoned and sent into exile. The class will examine these historical figures, the role of nationalism, as well as popular ballads such as “The Bold Fenian Men” and “Come to the Bower.”

The instructor will provide readings.

2 Zoom sessions. Mondays, 6:30 – 7:45 pm. June 6 – 13, 2022.

Class fee: $50

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Dr. Patrick O’Donnell at education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
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