Irish republican commemoration and narratives of legitimacy

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The essay examines Irish Republican uses of commemoration, and will show how, in utilising public memory Republicans are engaging in a diligent fostering of political legitimacy and continuity aimed at creating ‘master narratives’. In a post conflict setting, this has been of particular importance both in deflecting political attacks and maintaining cohesion within their own political ranks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTroubles of the past? History, identity and collective memory in Northern Ireland edited by James McAuley, Máire Braniff and Graham Spencer
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-1-5261-5419-4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Jan 2023


  • Northern Ireland
  • Irish Republican
  • Poilitical Memory
  • Dealing with the past
  • Legitimacy


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