William Rooney, confidant of Arthur Griffith in the 1890s. (National Library of Ireland and George Morrison)

William Rooney (1873-1901) was one of the leading Gaelic revivalists of late 19th-early 20th century Ireland, founding the Celtic Literary Society alongside Arthur Griffith as well as co-founding the United Irishman newspaper and the Cumann na nGaedheal organisation alongside Griffith. His writings formed an integral part of the Irish Ireland movement and his untimely death at the age of only 28 was a blow to the fledging nationalist movement, with Rooney being regarded by some as his generation’s equivalent to Thomas Davis.



Cumas Uraḋaill ar Naisíunaċta (1897)

The Popularisation of Gaelic (1898)

Our Peasant Poetry (1898)

Óráiḋ ag Comóraḋ Céad Bliana Éirí Amaċ 1798 (1898)

An Maċaiḋe Mór (1899)

The Last Rally (1899)

Is Emigration Inevitable? (1899)

The Genesis of Anglicisation (1899)

The Factors For Regeneration (1899)

The Unutilised Influences (1899)

Is There An Anglo-Irish Literature? (1899)

Unity—For What? (1899)

The Limitations of the Language Movement (1899)

“The Importance Of Being In Earnest.” (1899)

Our Songs and Songsters (1899)

“Our Native Parliament.” (1899)

The Development of the National Idea (1900)

Parliamentarianism? (1900)

The Situation (1900)

“Advanced” Nationalism (1900)

Individual and National Freedom (1900)

An Alternative Policy (1900)

Emigration – How To Stay It (1900)

Athletics And Other Things (1900)

Irish Topography (1900)

The Work Of The Century (1900)

Gaelicism In Practice (1901)

The Primary School System (1901)

A Recent Irish Literature (1901)

Is An Anglo-Irish Literature Possible? (1901)

Freedom’s Dead