Irish Cultural Identity Essay Prompt

In 1967 the late F S. L. Lyons published an essay entitled ‘The minority problem in the 26 counties’, defining the minority in the Irish Free State as ‘unionist in politics and mainly protestant in religion’. Since that date the topic has received considerable scholarly attention. Indeed the tendency has been to approach the cultural development of the new state in the years after independence from the point of view of that minority. While this paper does not seek to minimise the significance of the minority’s role in the evolution of the new state, it does seek to question the validity of the perspective produced by an excessive preoccupation with that role. That perspective is most clearly articulated in the published version of Lyons’s Ford lectures, Culture and anarchy in Ireland, 1890-1939. The vision there presented is of an island rent by ‘four irrevocably warring cultures’ (Gaelic, English, Anglo-Irish and Ulster protestant). The cultural history of the Irish Free State in the first decade of independence, it is argued, is best understood as a battle between two of these apparently immutable cultures. In essence this view presents the nineteen-twenties as the decade during which Gaelic and Anglo-Irish Ireland confronted one another in the arenas of language and religion. The images are now fixed.

Irish Historical Studies

Description:Irish Historical Studies, the joint journal of the Irish Historical Society and the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies, is published twice yearly (May and November). Established in 1938 under the editorship of T.W. Moody and R. D. Edwards, it publishes (besides articles) select documents, with editorial comment, and lists of theses completed. I.H.S. pioneered the publication of annual lists of writings on Irish history, lists that form the basis for the fully searchable and regularly updated database Irish History Online (, established in 2003.

The current editors are Dr Mary Ann Lyons (Department of History, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9) and Dr Fearghal McGarry (School of History and Anthropology, Queen's University, Belfast, BT7 1PA). Articles may be sent to Dr Lyons, and books for review to Dr McGarry. Business/subscription enquiries should go to Dr W. Vaughan, Department of History, Trinity College, Dublin 2.

Coverage: 1938-2012 (Vol. 1, No. 1 - Vol. 38, No. 150)

Moving Wall: 5 years (What is the moving wall?)

The "moving wall" represents the time period between the last issue available in JSTOR and the most recently published issue of a journal. Moving walls are generally represented in years. In rare instances, a publisher has elected to have a "zero" moving wall, so their current issues are available in JSTOR shortly after publication.
Note: In calculating the moving wall, the current year is not counted.
For example, if the current year is 2008 and a journal has a 5 year moving wall, articles from the year 2002 are available.

Terms Related to the Moving Wall
Fixed walls: Journals with no new volumes being added to the archive.
Absorbed: Journals that are combined with another title.
Complete: Journals that are no longer published or that have been combined with another title.

ISSN: 00211214

Subjects: History, Irish Studies, History, Area Studies

Collections: Ireland Collection


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