Swift and the Gaelic Tradition

  • Vivian Mercier


IT would be a noble achievement to abolish the Irish language in this kingdom. …’1 Bearing in mind this statement and others similar to it in the writings of Jonathan Swift, the reader will doubtless think it paradoxical for me to discuss the great Dean’s relationship to the Gaelic tradition, as I am proposing to do in this article. Yet I believe I can show that Swift fits into that tradition in three distinct ways.


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