I've been busy the last couple of days, so when I finally came to reading my
E-mail I was surprised to find out so many reactions to my little note. What
interested me most were a few people that tried to refute my theory on the
definat link between Irish nationalism and Irish popular music. Anyway I'll
try to specify my viewpoint on the matter more. When you look at the last 50
to 60 years you can't miss the importance of popular music in the Republican
music. Let us not forget that for instance the troubles in Northern Ireland
are not really a conventional war or conflict.
This is a battle that is won in the mind of the people, in the general public
opinion. So you throw in everything you got and certainly a good weapon such
as folk music. It might look like an abstract theory but it is supported by a
few things I came across : when you check out the Falls memories of Gerry
Adams you'll find masses of Folk-songs and secondly when you wonder why Sinn
Feinn threatens a popular rock group like U2 when they start out with their
particular protest. In terms of popularity the Republicans could only loose.
An other point I would like to stress is the fact that in a nationalist
movement the feeling of an historical identity, a glorious past plays an
crucial role. I believe ,in this I could be wrong, that is very important in
the creation of this historical identity. So to speak it's one of the media
that pass this identity to the next generations.
Oh yes, somebody mailed me a copy of a new Irish historical journal :
"Ireland History". You've probably know it allready but I thought I would
tell you anyway. In the first issue you can find a good overvieuw of what you
can find in the Northern Ireland Political Collection in Linehall Library in
Belfast that Charlie Curran mentioned.
I would like to end off by thanking all the people that reacted to my little
note. Their little notes and tips might seem small and unimportant but they
help me forward a lot. Thank you for taking the time to help me.