Nationalism

Nationalism is a word which readers will find oft-repeated in the original articles which comprise An Claíomh Solais, and this may lead to some confusion, since great efforts have been made of late to redefine the word “nationalism” and transform its meaning into a pejorative, negative and undesirable one.

The interpretation certain parties have tried to impose upon the word nationalism is that of an aggressive and xenophobic tribal instinct, opposed to any culture not its own, and which defines itself and measures its success only by the harm it can cause to others.

Those who would have otherwise described themselves as nationalists have recently fallen back on the somewhat milder term of “patriot”, although they are hard-pressed to explain the difference when asked.

It is thus worth taking a moment to correctly define nationalism, both in its historical sense and in the sense it still has today, despite the best efforts of those who would have difficulty finding gainful employment beyond the ill use to which they put their limited faculties.

Nationalism in the only correct sense is an idea and movement that holds that the nation should be congruent with the state. As a movement, it tends to promote the interests of a particular nation (as in a group of people), especially with the aim of gaining and maintaining the nation's sovereignty (self-governance) over its perceived homeland to create a nation-state.

It holds that each nation should govern itself, free from outside interference (self-determination), that a nation is a natural and ideal basis for a polity, and that the nation is the only rightful source of political power.

It further aims to build and maintain a single national identity, based on a combination of shared social characteristics such as culture, ethnicity, geographic location, language, politics (or the government), religion, traditions and belief in a shared singular history, and to promote national unity or solidarity.

Nationalism, therefore, seeks to preserve and foster a nation's traditional culture.

The opposite or opposing force to nationalism can, according to its correct definition, only be colonialist hegemonic imperialism, the aggressive imposition of hostile overt or subversive exterior forces upon a nation with the intent to disrupt and destroy that nation, invariably for the purposes of gross profit.

This Irish nationalist publication invites those who are invested in fostering an alternative definition to take their sentiments to any developing country in the world and gauge the value of their efforts by the response they get.

An Claíomh Solais means "The Sword of Light", and is named after an Irish newspaper originally published around the beginning of the twentieth century. This project is opening a window to that time, not so long ago, and sharing the hopes, dreams and visions of the men and women who founded the modern Irish Republic.

The project will follow in their footsteps along the path laid down by Hyde, O'Conaire, MacNeill, Cusack and many others through sharing news, ideas, articles of Irish cultural interest and more, as well as helping to support Irish language and cultural initiatives. You can find out more about An Claíomh Solais by clicking on the buttons below, or join our team as we begin the great Gaelic restoration!

The Outlook

ROBERT EMMET’s last will and testament providing that no monument shall be erected to his memory until Ireland takes her place among the nations of the earth is the true key to the national aspirations of the Irish people. When Ireland achieves full nationhood, then, and then only, will the epitaph of Robert Emmet be written. It will not be written while Ireland is a province, and if she should choose to accept the status of a province within the British Empire as a full settlement of her difficulty with England, then the epitaph of Robert Emmet will never be written.

I am a
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A Spinning-Wheel Ditty

These verses, improvised to the hum of the wheel, are flung from girl to girl as they sit spinning. The references are purely personal, and the refrain, which is sung by all the spinners, has no special meaning.

First Girl.
Mallo lero, and eambo nero,
I crossed the wood as the day was dawning;
Mallo lero, and eambo nero.

Second Girl.
Mallo lero, and eambo nero,
No doubt John O'Connell had had good warning!
Mallo lero, and eambo nero.

First Girl.
Mallo lero, and eambo nero,
Oh! John may go hang
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A Plea For Prose

As our professed intent is the revival of the Irish Language, we need a definite appointment of methods towards that consummation for immediate and persistent practice. A ready and earnest striving must be set afoot to tide over the present time, because everyone giving thought to the business must know that the decade now running is charged with a crisis which shall decide for all men of practical sense the question of its weal or its failure as a living tongue. Consider the conditions that hold to-day.

Around the coast, on the side remotest from British influence, there is a dai
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Comrades

The peaceful night that round me flows,
Breaks through your iron prison doors,
Free through the world your spirit goes,
Forbidden hands are clasping yours.
The wind is our confederate.
The night has left her doors ajar,
We meet beyond earth’s barred gate.
Where all the world’s wild Rebels are.

Eva Gore-Booth


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An interview with election candidates Sophie Roker and Jessica McLoughlin

Today we are delighted to interview two of Ireland's up-and-coming political generation, Sophie Roker and Jessica McLoughlin!

Congratulations on helping to set up the "Kildare Says No" protest group, now closing in on three months active! What made you decide to get involved with the group to begin with?

Sophie: It sparked an interest with me as I’m very local to this particular site at Newhall and I have two young children so I’m fully aware of what families in the area are going through. I know myself the pre existing
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The Song of the Fairies

When they made the road across the bog of Lamrach for Mider, their King.

Pile on the soil; thrust on the soil:
Red are the oxen around who toil:
Heavy the troops that my words obey;
Heavy they seem, and yet men are they.
Strongly, as piles, are the tree-trunks placed:
Red are the wattles above them laced:
Tired are your hands, and your glances slant;
One woman's winning this toil may grant!

Oxen ye are, but revenge shall see;
Men who are white shall your servants be;
Rushes from Teffa are cleared
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