Cathal O'Byrne and the Northern Revival in Ireland 1890-1960, by Richard Kirkland

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Cathal O'Byrne and the Northern Revival in Ireland 1890-1960, by Richard Kirkland

Cathal O'Byrne and the Northern Revival in Ireland 1890-1960, by Richard Kirkland

Published by Brandon in 2006, 245 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3959P1)

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From the rear side cover: In this fascinating book, Richard Kirkland explores the history of Northern Ireland through the biography of one of its most unusual and talented performers the legendary musician, IRA activist, poet, and Catholic mystic, Cathal O'Byrne. Both gay and Catholic in Protestant-dominated Northern Ireland, OByrnes circle of friends included the renowned human rights campaigner Roger Casement, the activist Maud Gonne, and the leader of the Easter Rising of 1916, Patrick Pearse. Despite its eccentricities, O'Byrnes work was indicative of major shifts in public opinion, as he moved from Home Rule politics to an eventual commitment to arms during the Irish War of Independence.
 
Kirkland uses the story of O'Byrnes life to delve into that of his colleagues during the Northern Irish cultural revival, making illuminating connections between the Ulster Literary Theatre, Belfasts music hall culture, the Casement trial and the devastating Belfast anti-Catholic pogroms of 1920 and 1921, for example. Just as importantly, Kirkland brings to light the hidden history of gay Belfast and the fate of Northern Irelands Catholics in this previously neglected period after Partition but before the Troubles of the late 1960's.

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