Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

From Fine Gael in 1938 – “Meath Wants No More Migrants!! “ October 18, 2011


From the 1938 General Election and Ad for Fine Gael Meath -Westmeath candidates Michael Sweeney, Patrick Giles and Charles Fagan. Fagan and Giles were elected. Some info on Giles.
The context of “Meath Wants No More Migrants!!” was the foundation of the Gaeltacht at Rathcairn and the influx of Irish Speakers from Connemara.

 

5 Responses to “From Fine Gael in 1938 – “Meath Wants No More Migrants!! “”

  1. dotski Says:

    I presume it was related to the Gaeltachts created?

  2. The Oncoming Storm Says:

    “I hear you’re a racist now Patrick!” 😉

  3. Think the reference to “migrants” refers to the breakup of large estates owned by absentee landlords in Meath and the allocation of this land to people from Gaeltacht speaking areas in Galway and Mayo in Gibbstown and Rathcairn. According to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaeltacht this started in 1935 so would have been very current issue in 1938. There must have been resentment because it was not given to locals. I remember seeing a sign in 1996 when Meath played Mayo in the All-Ireland final, it read “Ye may have taken our land, but ye won’t take our Sam”

  4. Fantastic info thanks Dotski and James. Makes total sense.

  5. […] wonderful Irish Election Literature blog does it again with this Fine Gael election poster from 1938 protesting against “Migrants” in County Meath. That’s […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.