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Global Dimensions of Irish IdentityRace, Nation, and the Popular Press, 1840-1880$
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Cian T. McMahon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620107

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620107.001.0001

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“A Lone, Lone Spot in the Far Southern Seas”

“A Lone, Lone Spot in the Far Southern Seas”

The Irish Race in Australia, 1848–1855

(p.44) Chapter Two “A Lone, Lone Spot in the Far Southern Seas”
Global Dimensions of Irish Identity

Cian T. McMahon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines Irish racial discourse in the Australian colonies during the five years that the Young Irelanders spent there as “state prisoners.” Juxtaposing the private and public writings of these exiles with the opinions of Irish Australia’s main weekly newspaper, the chapter reveals the early inklings of global nationalism. On the one hand, finding themselves in a society united not by nationalism but by settler colonialism, Irish Celts portrayed themselves as hearty pioneers entirely suitable for membership in this far-flung British settler society. On the other hand, global nationalism’s edge of ethnic solidarity, which situated these migrants spatially among contemporary Irish Celts abroad, remained strong. As it had in Ireland in the 1840s, the international spread of the Irish popular press fostered the construction of this new identity.

Keywords:   Young Irelanders, Australian colonies, newspapers, Irish popular press, Irish Celts, settler colonialism, global nationalism, Australia

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