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Laura Cahillane

Rousseau.  4 Pádraic Pearse, Collected Works of Pádraic H. Pearse: Political Writings and Speeches (Dublin, 1916), 263.  5 Tom Garvin, Nationalist Revolutionaries in Ireland: 1858–1928 (New York, 1987), 108.  6 Darrell Figgis, The Gaelic State in the Past and Future (Dublin, 1917), 17.  3 78 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 Gaelic Ireland which appealed to the

in Drafting the Irish Free State Constitution
Laura Cahillane

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 Gaelic Ireland 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. The

in Drafting the Irish Free State Constitution