The Irish Language in Northern Ireland

The Politics of Culture and Identity
Author(s): 
O'Reilly, Camille C.
ISBN: 
0333719638
Date published: 
January 1999
Hardback
Price: 
£42.50
Pages: 
240

A topical and authoritative investigation of the Irish language and identity in Northern Ireland. The phrase 'our own language' has come to symbolize the importance of the Irish language to Irish identity for many Nationalists in Northern Ireland. However, different interests compete to have their version of the meaning and importance of the Irish language accepted. This book investigates the role of the Irish language movement in the social construction of competing versions of Irish political and cultural identity in Northern Ireland, arguing that for some Nationalists, the Irish language has become an alternative point of political access and expression.