Pádraic Pearse, Collected Works of Pádraic H. Pearse: Political Writings and
Speeches (Dublin, 1916), 263.
Tom Garvin, Nationalist Revolutionaries in Ireland: 1858–1928 (New York, 1987),
Darrell Figgis, The Gaelic State in the Past and Future (Dublin, 1917), 17.
Themes and influences
a motif which ran through Irish separatist thought, from Theobald Wolfe Tone
through to the Irish state-builders. The fact that they could locate it in the Gaelic
state was an added advantage.
Another facet of life in GaelicIreland which appealed to the
substantiation of the declaration contained
in Article 2.
The name of the State and the Irish language
One of the ways in which it was attempted to prove to the people that this was
a fresh start with a new trustworthy Constitution was to entrench the idea of a
GaelicIreland into the Constitution. The people needed to feel that this was their
State and their Constitution, and the introduction of Irish terminology helped to
reinforce this.51 Furthermore, it was a signal to the rest of the world; our ancient
language proved that we had always been a separate ancient nation.