Cause for Action Essay

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Cause for Action

Imagine a country where a person’s belongings could be taken at any moment and then given to someone else for no apparent reason. Likewise, that same person’s culture, their way of life, would be disregarded, and they would be forced to use a new language and adapt to a different culture. After the culture is done away with, those who remember it die off rapidly. Even with the declining culture, religious persecution becomes apparent along with the long political conflicts. This very incident occurred at the end of the 19th century. It happened in Ireland to the Gaelic culture, but a man by the name of Douglas Hyde wasn’t about to let his culture disappear. Thus the Gaelic League was created.
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Many Irish then tried to immigrate to America. What used to be a small amount of immigrants, turned into a flood of Irish wanting to leave Ireland. Because of the high demand of people wanting to leave quickly, the normal route of stopping in Liverpool turned into a straight shot to America. Most immigrants died en route from diseases, and many died when ships frequently would sink, due to holding more than their maximum capacity. This was one reason for a tremendous drop in the Irish population.

By 1891, 14.5% of the Irish nation claimed to speak the language.

The Gaelic Athletic Association was a vital precursor to the formation of the Gaelic League. It was established on November 1st, 1884. One of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s goals was to construct games promoting the Gaelic culture, and provide rules and encouragement to the people of Ireland to participate in Irish recreation and sports. It first concerned itself with the athletics. The association set up competitions at local parishes and other places throughout the counties. This renewed a sensation of pride for the disturbed Irish people. Once after a hurling match in 1885, approximately fifteen thousand people attended a meeting by the Gaelic Athletic Association in support of the athletics which was a significant success for the association. Not long after, the first ALL-Ireland finals were held in