The Gaelic League

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  • Fr. Eugene O'Growney

The Irish Revival

Portrait of Fr. Eugene O'Growney

In the latter part of the nineteenth century there was a renewed interest in the Irish language. Many writers and scholars felt that the Irish language was very important for maintaining an Irish identity.

The Gaelic League was founded in 1893 with the aim of restoring the Irish langauge. O'Growney was one of the founders, along with Douglas Hyde and others.

The Gaelic League ran Irish language classes all around the country. They also taught native speakers in Gaeltacht areas how to read and write in their own language.