Ireland - Tradition

How and why did Irish nationalists strive to 'establish continuity with a suitable historic past'? Discuss with examples from before and after independence (1922).

In this assignment I will be drawing on sources from pre-independence (before 1922) and post independence (after 1922) to evidence how Irish nationalist fought to maintain continuity with a suitable and relevant historic past. I will draw on information regarding both invented traditions and ancient traditions. I will be exploring the history and traditions surrounding Irelands Architecture and how Ireland has fought to keep their culture and heritage alive from early 18th Century right through to present day.

Firstly, Ireland has not been populated purely native Irish people since 1169. It was at this time that the Normans landed in Ireland following their invasion of Britain in 1066. Between 1169 and 1603 Britain controlled most of the eastern parts of Ireland and in 1603 Britain gained victory over Ireland in the battle at Ulster, this granted the British complete control of Ireland. To ensure that Ireland would never be a native country again, Britain passed a bill to sell land in the Ulster province to Scottish farmers. Almost, two centuries later in 1798, France invaded Ireland sparking the creation of the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801 (

The Irish nationalist movement was a group of “political and paramilitary organisations” (Laurence, 2008, p. 157) whose cause was to obtain independence from Britain and of late, unite the 6 counties of Northern Ireland with the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland in a bid to secure independency from the United Kingdom and preserve the history and architecture of Ireland.

Architecture is a massive part of any countries heritage and in Ireland we can find evidence of early Neolithic settlements from c. 3200BC. The site of this settlement is called New Grange located in County Meath...