Version classiqueVersion mobile
OpenEdition Books

Music and the Irish Imagination

 | 
Thierry Dubost
, 
Alexandra Slaby

Instrumentalising Irish music

Weapons in Irish Republican Rebel Songs

Lison Ducastelle

Résumé

The Republican traditional song repertoire represents the living memory of the Republican cause. The songs tell the history of their struggle. They recount the victories and the defeats, celebrate the heroes and the martyrs, and condemn the enemies. Throughout this repertoire, weapons are present. From the old pike of the 19th century to the missile imported from Libya in the 1980s, weapons were the tools of the struggle on which the victory of the IRA depended. More than mere instruments, Republican weapons have become the very symbol of the struggle.

Le répertoire traditionnel républicain est la mémoire vivante de la cause républicaine. Les chansons retracent l’histoire de leur lutte. Elles racontent les victoires et les défaites, glorifient les héros et les martyrs, et condamnent les ennemis. Les armes sont présentes dans tout ce répertoire. De l’ancienne pique datant du XIXe siècle au missile importé de Libye dans les années 1980, les armes furent les outils de la lutte dont dépendait la victoire de l’IRA. Plus que de simples instruments, les armes républicaines sont devenues le symbole même de la lutte.

Les formats HTML, PDF et ePub de cet ouvrage sont accessibles aux usagers des bibliothèques et institutions qui l'ont acquis dans le cadre de l'offre OpenEdition Freemium for Books. L'ouvrage pourra également être acheté sur les sites de nos libraires partenaires, aux formats PDF et ePub. Si l’édition papier est disponible, des liens vers les librairies sont également proposés sur cette page.

Extrait du texte

Music is sometimes considered as an opening into the world, but it can also be seen as a withdrawal when it is the expression of a particular community. Thus, music is at the same time the product of a culture and one of its modes of assertion. On the internet, all types of music are available. This availability, added to the natural propensity of man for this art, makes music a precious propaganda tool. Music can represent the living memory of a community. It can also represent the living memory of a people’s struggle. The Irish Republican movement has its own repertoire of songs, relating the movement’s history, in particular its rebellions, victories and defeats. Arms hold an important place in these songs and have become a symbol of this movement. The focus is here on Irish Republican rebel songs, leaving aside parade songs, even if some of them belong to the same repertoire. When one looks for Irish traditional songs on the internet, the page of results posts links to Irish Rep...

Auteur

Lison Ducastelle completed her doctorate in 2011 at the université de Paris III on L’IRA de la violence armée au désarmement (1969-2005): enjeux, symboles et mécanismes [The IRA: from Armed Violence to Decommissioning (1969-2005): Stakes, Symbols and Mechanisms]. Her research interests include political violence, the Northern Ireland Peace Process and paramilitary groups.
 

© Presses universitaires de Caen, 2013

Conditions d’utilisation : http://www.openedition.org/6540

Acheter

Volume papier

Chargement

Unavailable