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MODERN IRELAND AS SEEN BY AN ENGLISHWOMAN By CICELY HAMILTON WITH 16 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHS NEW YORK E. P. DUTTON -CO. INC. tn Grwti Britain . at The Temple Press Letchworth for J. M. Dent Sons Ltd. Aldme House Bedford St London First Published 1936 Rev. J, Hobson CONVERSATION PIECE, CORK CONTENTS CHAP. PAGE Foreword ..... ix I. Frontiers and the Smuggling Industry . I IL The Economic War and the Cattle Farmer 1 3 III. Dublin Streets, Statues, and Prices 36 IV. The Sweep 57 V. Limerick to Castleconnell .66 VI Corpses and Survivals . . . .80 VH. The Irish Hate-cult ..... 92 Vm. The Strong Hand of the Past . . .115 IX. Compulsory Irish . . . . .129 X. Agin the Government . . . .147 XI. Of Changes and Industries . . . .160 XE. The Six Counties and Some of their Problems The Orange Lily and the Easter . ., 174 XHL Concerning the Black North . . . 193 XIV. The New Cleavage 205 XV Censorship The Realistic Irishman The End 217 Notes ... 229 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS Conversation Piece, Cork . Frontispiece After the Cattle Sale, Fermoy . . facing page 17 A Scene at the Irish Sweepstake Draw . 17 An I. ES. Recruiting Poster . . 36 OConnell Street, Dublin G. P. O. and Nelson Pillar 45 Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare . 65 Stacking Peat in Donegal . 73 Shipping Peat at Carna, Co. Galway . 73 Gossips at Kinsale, Co. Cork ... 80 Cobh Queenstown .... 88 The Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary. . 88 An Open-air Market, Cork . . . 112 Riding Home from Market . . . 112 When Irish Eyes are Smiling . . 145 Bringing Milk to the Creamery . . 160 Hiring Fair in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland 1 60 Belfast Donegall Square . . . 176 Young Orangemen Sons of William ., , 188 The Twelfth of July Orange Parade in Enniskillen 188 Belfastthe Worlds Largest Shipyard . 193 Stormont Houses of Parliament and Carson Statue . . . . . 199 The Vale of Glenariff, Co. Antrim . 202 Slemish Mountain, Ballymena 202 vi ACKNOWLEDGMENTS GRATEFUL acknowledgment is made to the authors whose work is quoted in this book, and to the following publishers who have kindly given special permissions The Saorsdt Eireann Minister for Industry and Commerce. Hodder Stoughton Ltd Browne Nolan Ltd. Methuen Co. Ltd. The Saorsdt Eireann Minister for Education. Vll FOREWORD THOSE who read of Ireland, as well as those who write, would do well to bear in mind Wolfe Tones descrip tion of his countrymen, which is as true to-day as when it was uttered six generations ago, at the close of the eighteenth century They were, he said, separate nations met and settled together, not mingled but con vened uncemented parts that do not cleave to each other and as it was in the Erin of Ninety-Eight, so it is in the Erin of to-day Wolfe Tone, when he founded the society of United Irishmen, hoped not only to break free of British authority but to unite the whole country of Ireland, to abolish the memory of all past dissensions, and to substitute the common name of Irishman in place of Protestant, Catholic, Dissenter That hope has yet to be fulfilled There is still a gulf, and a wide one, between those who hold to the Catholic faith and those who hold to the Protestant nor have the passing years brought about forgetfulness of racial divisions and dif ferences The Celt, the Ulsterman of Scots or English blood, and the Anglo-Irish of the Middle Nation they are all reminiscent of their origin and, all too often, reminiscent of their ancient feuds. Nor is this wholly to bewondered at there have been influences in Ireland, making for division, which happier nations have been spared For several generations the ruling caste of the Anglo-Irish spoke a different language from that of the subordinate Celts, who were mostly peasants and small traders and, more important still, the Anglo-Irish were of a different faith from the Celts, a Protestant x Modern Ireland ascendency Through generations, therefore, class, race, and religion combined in a formidable barrier to keep Irishmen apart...
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