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France and Ireland in the Public Imagination


Edited By Benjamin Keatinge and Mary Pierse

This engaging collection of essays considers the cultural complexities of the Franco-Irish relationship in song and story, image and cuisine, novels, paintings and poetry. It casts a fresh eye on public perceptions of the historic bonds between Ireland and France, revealing a rich variety of contact and influence. Controversy is not shirked, whether on the subject of Irish economic decline or reflecting on prominent, contentious personalities such as Ian Paisley and Michel Houellebecq. Contrasting ideas of the popular and the intellectual emerge in a study of Brendan Kennelly; recent Irish tribunals are analysed in the light of French cultural theory; and familiar renditions of Franco-Irish links are re-evaluated against the evidence of newspaper and journal accounts.
Drawing on the disciplines of history, art, economics and literature, and dipping into the good wines of France and Ireland, the book paints a fascinating picture of the relationship between the two countries over three dramatic centuries.
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For the People, the Republic and the Nation: Translating Béranger in Nineteenth-Century Ireland


On a warm July day in Cork in 1870, Home Ruler Joseph Ronayne addressed several thousand people who had gathered to demonstrate their sympathy with the French cause during the Franco-Prussian struggle. Ronayne, appointed Chairman for the occasion, thus concluded his speech:

The day is too warm, gentlemen, to address you at length; and I will merely give you, in conclusion, an extract from a little song of Beranger:

List to my secret. That old flag

Under my bed lies hid;

Sacred to glory, war-worn rag,

Thee no informer thence shall drag;

No dastard spy say ‘tis forbid.

France, I can vouch,

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