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Hidden Histories: Castle Catholics, West Brits & Jackeens

This week the rather unlikely terms ‘Castle Catholic’ and ‘West Brit’ trended on Twitter....

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13.39 13 Dec 2020


Hidden Histories: Castle Catholics, West Brits & Jackeens



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13.39 13 Dec 2020


This week the rather unlikely terms ‘Castle Catholic’ and ‘West Brit’ trended on Twitter.

That two terms associated with the beginning of the twentieth century were ‘back’ sparked real debate - e.g. are they sectarian in nature?

Both terms have been around surprisingly longer than one might expect, and looking at them allows us to examine language in a broader sense in Irish discourse but how do some pejorative terms like 'Jackeen' remain a part of our lexicon while others fade?

Donal Fallon joined Gavan Reilly for andother episode of Hidden Histories to discuss.

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