Language, Resistance and Revival: From Prison to Community

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Author of Language, Resistance and Revival, Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh reflects on his ground-breaking, unique research with Republican former prisoners. Based on in-depth interviews, and analysis of the politics of incarceration in Long Kesh throughout the Conflict in the North of Ireland, he reveals the centrality of the Irish language to prisoners’ resistance in their bitter struggle against the British State and its policies of criminalisation. A first generation Irish speaker, he explores the lasting legacy beyond the prison walls of the Irish language revival within the Nationalist community through the ‘insider’ accounts of its main protagonists.

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The talk will be introduced by Phil Scraton, author of Prisons Under Protest, The Violence of Incarceration and The Incarceration of Women, whose research prioritises the voices of prisoners and their families within the context of their confinement.
Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh is a Belfast-based community activist who works full time in the Irish language revival movement.