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Nationalism and the Irish PartyProvincial Ireland 1910-1916$
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Michael Wheatley

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273577.001.0001

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‘Ireland is in a profound state of peace’: Before the Rising

‘Ireland is in a profound state of peace’: Before the Rising

(p.224) 11 ‘Ireland is in a profound state of peace’: Before the Rising
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Redmond's October 1915 description of Ireland being in ‘a profound state of peace’ was highly selective, mistaking apathy and a widespread withdrawal from public activity for contentment and stability. The majority of the population was unenthusiastic in its support for the war. The enormity of the war and the pressures created revived a litany of resentments and grievances. Press outbursts against unionists, plotters, ‘land sharks’, the government, ‘Ulster’ and, of course, England gained in pitch and frequency. ‘Sinn Feiners’ were a growing minority. Moreover, there was sympathy for those who went so far as to get arrested. It was Redmond's hope that the common experience of war would create a new unity of all creeds and classes, and secure Ireland's place as a self-governing nation within the empire. A great many nationalists were still followers of Redmond, but they were now anything but ‘right behind’ their leader.

Keywords:   war, apathy, Redmond, Sinn Feiners, discontents, grievances, local press, nationalists, arrests

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