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.

PDFs

Writings

The Last Rally (1899)

The Genesis of Anglicisation (1899)

The Factors For Regeneration (1899)

Is There An Anglo-Irish Literature? (1899)

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

The Development of the National Idea (1900)

Parliamentarianism? (1900)

The Situation (1900)

“Advanced” Nationalism (1900)

Individual and National Freedom (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)

Is An Anglo-Irish Literature Possible? (1901)