Claidheamh Soluis, An

Life
fnd. 17 March 1899; bilingual weekly organ of Gaelic League; ed. Pearse and MacNeill; The O’Rahilly was managing editor in 1913; printed ‘The North Began’ by O’Neill, 1 Nov. 1913.

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References
Seamus Deane, gen. ed., Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day Co. 1991), Vol. 2,: printed Eoin MacNeill’s ‘The North Began’ [285]; official organ of Gaelic League from 1899 [365], [W. P. Ryan criticises article on Irish by Pearse in An Claideamh Soluis, 1000].

D. J. Doherty & J. E. Hickey, A Chronology of Irish History Since 1500 (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1989), name eds. Eoin MacNeill, Pearse, The O’Rahilly (who commissioned the article from MacNeill), &c.

Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day Co. 1991), Vol. 3: Pearse, at times editor of An Claideamh Soluis, welcomed [Peadar Ui Loaghaire’s] Séadna enthusiastically, writing a manifesto for Irish writers of his time: ‘We lay down the proposition that a living modern literature cannot be built up on the folktale. The folktale is an echo of old mythologies, an unconscious stringing together of old memories and fancies: literature is a deliberate criticism of life .. we would have our literature modern not only in the sense of freely borrowing every modern form which it does not possess and which it is capable of assimilating, but also in texture, tone and outlook. there is the twentieth century and no literature can take root in the twentieth century which is not of the twentieth century’ (Claideamnh Soluis, 26 May 1906). O Conaire echoed those sentiments [in the same journal] two years later: ‘the world of ancient literature is long gone. It delights us to read it and always will but it will not blossom again. It reflected the world of its time. But we live in a more complex world and new methods and a new metaphysic are needed to explore and express it’ (Claideamh Soluis, 12 Dec 1908). 814-15.

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Notes
Seán Mac Giollarnáth was Pearse’s immediate successor as ed. of An Claidheamh Soluis.

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