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The popularity of book clubs in Ireland, especially in the North, correlates to some extent to the rise of the Society of United Irishmen. William Drennan, who composed the Society's secret oath, founded the middle class Newry Book Society.
Radicals -the Society of United Irishmen and the Defenders--congregated ever more secretively across the metropolis.
Samuel Thomson, a hedge school master, known as the 'Bard of Carngranny', penned over two hundred poems between 1790 and 1810 and held what may be best described as 'poet laureate' status in the Northern Star, the newspaper of the Society of United Irishmen.
This trend achieved its most radical expression in the 1790s, when the Society of United Irishmen aspired to utterly transform the political, representative and governmental systems by politicising the population at large.
The Society of United Irishmen had the potential to establish a democratic republic.
200 YEARS AGO: On Tuesday 18 persons were taken into custody at a house in Lamb's Conduit Passage, Red Lion Street, and conveyed to the Duke of Portland's office for examination on a charge, it is said, of meeting as a society of United Irishmen. All their papers were seized.
Webb's Compendium of Irish Biography, published in Dublin in 1878, names Drennan, not Wolfe Tone, as having `originated the establishment of the Society of United Irishmen'--the first republican movement in Ireland.
Historians insist that the commemorations disregard the sectarian, agrarian, and Catholic-Nationalist versions which dominated past commemorations in favour of pluralist visions to reflect accurately the aims of the Society of United Irishmen. At present, it is important to laud the enlightened and democratic aspirations of the Presbyterian contribution to the '98 with its emphasis on justice, equality and liberty.
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