1916 - The Long Revolution by Gabriel Doherty


By Gabriel Doherty

Creation by means of Garret Fitzgerald. This ebook seeks to interpret the occasions of Easter Week 1916 because the primary defining occasion of a 'long revolution' in Irish heritage. The origins of the lengthy revolution lie within the moment half the 19th century, and its legacy continues to be being performed out within the first years of the twenty-first century. said specialists on particular themes search to discover the layered household and foreign, political, criminal and ethical points of this uniquely influential and debatable occasion. participants are: Rory O' Dwyer, Michael Wheatley, Brendan O'Shea and Gerry White, D.G. Boyce, Francis M. Carroll, Rosemary Cullen Owens, Jerome aan de Wiel, Adrian Hardiman, Keith Jeffery, Mary McAleese, Owen McGee, Seamus Murphy and Brian P. Murphy.

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118 It seemed to the author that things had altered beyond redemption: ‘The First is, the compounding of this pure and refined mettall (whereof Servingmen were first framed) with untryed dregges and drosse of less esteeme. ’119 Also, younger generations were no longer willing to lay out huge sums on the maintenance of large, unwieldy households, preferring instead to spend extravagantly on luxuries that their parents disdained. ’121 It is a pity we do not have any records of the views of the hard-working yeoman’s sons, who no doubt considered themselves to be operating much more efficiently and practically than their over-bred predecessors.

85 Well-bred young men would often receive a certain amount of formal education, sometimes with a cleric or later a professional schoolmaster in the nobleman’s household. They were often following in the footsteps of their fathers and grandfathers, going to the same households for their education – much as later landowning families had attachments to different public schools and Oxford and Cambridge colleges. 86 Roger Ascham, who was employed as tutor to Princess Elizabeth, wrote a famous book, published in 1570, when such household-based education was still very current.

41 Although he clearly did employ indigenous Irish, his senior servants at Lismore were largely 47 brought over from England. The Earl of Cork’s many bequests to his servants rewarded the long service of trustworthy individuals who created a secure and dignified oasis around him amid the tumult of early-seventeenth-century politics. During this period of upheaval, his sons (including Robert, who later became a famous scientist) were stranded in Europe on their Grand Tour in the care of their tutor Mr Marcombe, who had been recommended to Lord Cork by Sir Henry Wotton, provost of Eton.

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