This book examines the central role that voluntary clubs and societies played in fostering various forms of local, regional and political identity in modern Ireland over the course of some 200 years. It is unique in the scope of its treatment of associational culture and sociability in Ireland from c.1750-c.1940. Concentrating on various forms of voluntary activity from the eighteenth century onwards, the chapters focus on numerous themes in Irish and Irish emigrant history. Among them the development of civic consciousness in eighteenth-century Irish cities, the fostering of nationalist and loyalist formal groups in emmigrant communities and the central role that voluntary clubs and societies played in fostering various forms of local, regional and political identity in modern Ireland.
A fascinating read for all interested in, or pursuing research in the fields of social and political networking in modern Ireland, or those interested in seeing how their clubs and societies originated and changed.
The book is part of the IRCHSS-funded ‘Associational culture in Ireland’ research project in the Department of History at NUI Maynooth
Table of Contents
Peter Clark, ~ ‘Introduction’
Jennifer Kelly & John Keating, ~ ‘The Associational Culture in Ireland research database’
T.C. Barnard, ~ ‘Sites and rites of associational life in eighteenth-century Ireland’
Allan Blackstock, ~ ‘Loyalist association culture and civic identity in Belfast, 1793-1835’
Martyn J. Powell, ~ ‘“Associate for the purposes of deliverance and glory”: the club-life of the Irish Volunteers’
Katherine Mullin, ~ ‘Irish chastity: British social purity associations and Ireland’ Brian Griffin, ‘Irish cycling clubs, 1869-1901’
Ann Matthews, ~ ‘“The rain washed the blood off the streets”: Cumann na mBan and the Red Cross, 1914-16’
Patrick Deignan, ~ ‘The importance of fraternities and social clubs for the Protestant community in Sligo from 1914 to 1949’
Thomas J. Brophy, ~ ‘The Irish-San Francisco feud over the second funeral of Terence Bellew McManus’
Tanya Bueltmann & Gerard Horn, ~ ‘Emigration and ethnic associational culture in a colonial capital: a comparative study of Wellington’s Irish Protestant and Scottish immigrant communities to 1916’
Clare O’Neill, ~ ‘Unity in adversity: associational culture in Ireland during the Great War’
John McGrath, ~ ‘An urban community: St Mary’s parish, Limerick and the social role of sporting and musical clubs, 1885-1905’
Mel Cousins, ~ ‘The creation of associations: the National Insurance Act 1911 and approved societies in Ireland’
Raymond Ryan, ~ ‘The Irish Farmers’ Union and the representation of farmers in the Irish Free State, 1919-32’
R.V. Comerford, ~ ‘Afterword’
About the Editors
R.V. Comerford is Professor Emeritus of History at NUI Maynooth, where he was head of department from 1989 to 2010. He was an NUI graduate (BA and MA) at NUI Maynooth and has a PhD from TCD (1977).
Dr Jennifer Kelly is currently a contract lecturer in the Department of History at NUI Maynooth. She was previously the project fellow on the IRCHSS-funded Associational Culture in Ireland project (2006-9) at NUI Maynooth.