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Comparing press and police reports with census data and local directories, the author establishes the first comprehensive profile of League membership. McMahon's ability to access both English- and Irish-language sources offers readers a rare and richly detailed analysis of primary materials. Grand Opportunity addresses questions that are central to understanding modern Irish identity and makes an indispensable contribution to the wider study of national identity formation.
1 The Strange Case of O'Growney's Bones 9
2 Priests and People in the Gaelic Revival 34
3 "All Creeds and All Classes"? Just Who Made Up the Gaelic League? 85
4 Cooperating with the Cooperators: Branch Activities and the Regeneration of Ireland 127
5 The Grand Opportunity: Festivals and the Gaelic Revival 155
6 The March of a Nation: Dublin's Language Processions 187