PODCAST: Children’s literature, and the spread of the English language in 19th c. Ireland

Charles Benson (Fellow T.C.D.)

 

Primrose Pretty-face  in Galway.

Children’s literature, and the spread of the English language in 19th c. Ireland

 

George Connolly published a number of children’s books in Galway at the start of the nineteenth century. These were a mixture of the recreational and educational. How successful was Connolly as an entrepreneur?  What was the scale of the market for books in English in a predominantly Irish speaking city where literacy rates were low? How does the Galway market fit into the larger context of the book trade in Ireland immediately after the Act of Union. Listen to the podcast here.

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