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Gleo na gCaṫ

Pádraig Pearse

Selected essays and editorials from the Gaelic League newspaper, An Claidheamh Soluis, between 1899 to 1909.


James Joyce

1914 modernist collection of short stories set in Dublin.

Collected Mitchel

John Mitchel

Selected writings and speeches of the 19th-century nationalist from The Nation and the United Irishman.


  • November 2023 Update
    Over the past year, some new and significant changes have been made to the site’s design. In brief, they are as follows: HOME PAGE TEXTS FORMATTING CLÓ GAELACH Notes: LIGHT MODE Note: The background image changes with the setting. PDFs Note: The ‘Contents’ section contains hyperlinks which will lead you directly to each chapter directly. Or, alternatively, you can click on ‘Document outline’ on the top-left of the page. AN CHARTLANN.
  • An Craoibhín Aoibhinn: The Thought of Douglas Hyde
    ‘The work of Douglas Hyde will live after him. It is not now possible that Irish can die, as but for him it would most assuredly have died. Even should it become extinct as a spoken language, reams of Irish literature have been preserved which but for Hyde would have perished.’ – An Craoibhin Aoibhinn, Diarmuid Coffey, 1917.
  • The Lesser-Known Works of P. H. Pearse
    His complete writings can be found here. Still subject to further addition. Any general analysis on the work of Pádraig Pearse almost invariably focuses on his political writings and speeches, and to some extent his poetry of a more nationalistic tenor. It is unmistakeably the most famous Pearse, the Pearse most vivid in collective Irish memory, the Pearse of Bodenstown and Glasnevin, the Pearse of Easter Week. But as an analysis, it is too singular, if not one-dimensional. Pearse was not merely an eloquent rebel with a few quatrains to his name. From his earliest youth, Pearse was a prolific…


  • Preface to James Fintan Lalor, Patriot and Political Essayist

    Published in James Fintan Lalor, patriot and political essayist (1807-1849), edited by L. Fogarty. The national demand for Repeal of the Union was degraded in the latter years of Conciliation Hall into a whine for ‘ameliorative measures’ and the meaning of the noble term Moral Force distorted from passive resistance to despotism into passive obedience…

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  • Some Guarantees For The Protestant And Unionist Minority

    I begin by confessing that I feel somewhat ashamed that any class of my countrymen should feel the necessity of any guarantees, moral or material, against spoliation or persecution in a free Ireland. But, unfortunately, many Irishmen, and many whom I have no sufficient reason for thinking other than good men and good Irishmen, do…

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  • Address to the Inaugural Meeting of the Irish Volunteers

    We are meeting in public in order to proceed at once to the enrolment and organisation of a National Force of Volunteers. We believe that the National instinct of the people and their reasoned opinion has been steadily forming itself for some time past in favour of this undertaking, and that all that is now…

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  • Owen Who Died

    From Hero Lays, published 1908. I have seen all of the UlstermenFrom tide to tide:There was never a one of themLike Owen, who died.And there will never be sons to them,To run or to ride,Like the boy who carried the guns to themO’er the waters wide. Ireland’s soldiers were sent to,To form rank again.My soul!…

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  • Alice Milligan

    Alice Milligan (1863-1953) was a poet, writer, playwright and activist involved in the Gaelic and Irish Literary Revivals. Born to a Methodist family in County Tyrone, she would form Shan Van Vocht, a monthly magazine based in Belfast alongside fellow activist Ethna Carbery. She was friends with many of the prominent Irish nationalist figures of…

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  • Rory O’Moore

    On the green hills of Ulster the white cross waves high, And the beacon of war throws its flames to the sky; Now the taunt and the threat let the coward endure, Our hope is in God and in Rory O’Moore!

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