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The Minority VoiceHubert Butler and Southern Irish Protestantism, 1900-1991$
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Robert Tobin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641567.001.0001

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The Intellectual Genealogy of a Southern Protestant, c.1900–30

The Intellectual Genealogy of a Southern Protestant, c.1900–30

(p.12) 1 The Intellectual Genealogy of a Southern Protestant, c.1900–30
The Minority Voice

Robert Tobin

Oxford University Press

In approaching the question of Hubert Butler's ‘intellectual genealogy’, this chapter evaluates and identifies his ‘selective kinship’ with certain Protestant activists from the Revival generation preceding his own. It introduces his family background and circumstances and summarizes the events of his early life. It unpacks his rejection of his family's Anglo‐Irish Unionist values and his espousal of Irish nationalism. It summarizes the salient features of the careers of his three primary influences: Standish O'Grady, Sir Horace Plunkett, and George W. Russell. In the process, it attempts to integrate the personal events of Butler's young adulthood with the public events overtaking Ireland as a whole. It notes the impact of the Irish War of Independence and Civil War on the Southern Protestant minority and analyses the contribution of the Irish Statesman and the Carnegie Library Network to the political and cultural life of the Irish Free State.

Keywords:   selective kinship, Irish Literary Revival, Standish O'Grady, Sir Horace Plunkett, George W. Russell (AE), Irish Co‐operative Movement, Irish War of Independence, Irish Civil War, The Irish Statesman, Carnegie Library Network

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