2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

The Rebel's Song: Ireland's Struggle for Liberty Captured in Song
Caitlin M. Selle
Dr. Marc Rice, Faculty Mentor

Shortly after World War I, British dominance over Ireland cracked. Following centuries of religious conflict leading to outright religious persecution and rebellions, countless Irish men and women stood together to counter their British tyrants. Their end goal: a liberated, united Ireland. This presentation will provide a general overview of events in Irish history that contributed to the sour Anglo-Irish relations present in the early twentieth century. The Easter Rising of 1916, The Anglo-Irish War from 1919-1921, and the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921, three key events in the struggle for Irish independence, will be discussed at length. In addition, three melodies - The Foggy Dew, Kevin Barry, and Take it Down from the Mast - will be examined in order to demonstrate the key role that Irish music played during the nation's struggle for independence and unity.

Keywords: Irish History, Music, Rebellion


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -4
Location: OP 2210
Time: 10:15

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