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The Irish Classical Self' considers the position of classical languages and studying within the development of Irish cultural identities within the eighteenth and 19th centuries, focusing particularly at the "lower ranks" of society. This eighteenth century thought of the "classical self" grew in part out of influential identification narratives built within the 17th century via clerics at the eu continent: Read more...

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I brought 18 of introductions to the devout life composed by St Frances of Sale . . I had one hundred dozen of Christian doctrine composed by fr P. ” See also Burke (1914: 371–3, 421). Pages 371–3 quote a 1712 letter from the mayor of Cork, Daniel Perdrian, describing (inter alia) the seizure of Donough McCarthy, newly appointed bishop of Cork, and “a large Trunk of new Bookes,” apparently the property of the bishop of Clonfert. 7 8 Millett (1993). Burke (1914: 230). 9 10 See Brady (1965). Burke (1914: 421).

489–96) Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Do not call our debts to account, But deliver us from more agony. Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou. Pray for us, O friend in distress. Now and always, and you will obtain a hearing. The openings of two great Latin prayers and a fragment of a third concluded the piece. Yet the final word was éisteacht—“listening”/“a hearing” in Irish. In sum, the “Lament” did not just describe; it enacted interactions, hostile, calculating, reverent, tender, between speakers of Ireland’s languages.

Like many Irish poets, however, he mentioned classical gods in his poetry. In some cases such references testified to acquaintance with a simple handbook, like that in Raifteraí’s hands; other cases may be explained by the poet’s familiarity with medieval Irish translations of the Classics. In some cases, however, actual classical texts were read, even though details are not forthcoming. For example, Mr. Tadhg Ó Coinnialláin (Thady O’Conolan, 1780–1854), an Irish scholar and “manuscript man” 38 Fenning (1996: 25).

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