The Shan Van Vocht Online

The UCD Digital Library proudly presents another wonderful historical journal from the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin.

 The Shan Van Vocht was a national monthly magazine, founded by two Belfast poets, Alice Milligan and Anna Johnston (later Anna MacManus), which ran from 1896 until 1899. It contained literature, poetry, historical articles, and political commentary, as well as news and events of various cultural and political societies. Poetry and prose in Irish were also included, occasionally with an English translation.

As the centenary commemorations of 1798 approached, many issues included articles, short stories, oral histories, and poetry relating to the United Irishmen’s rebellion. James Connolly, Douglas Hyde, and Arthur Griffith were among those who contributed to The Shan Van Vocht. The journal also featured writings by P. J. McCall, Lionel Johnson, T.W. Rolleston, John MacNeill, William Rooney, Michael Cusack, Thomas Concannon, Alice Furlong, Nora Hopper, and Seumas MacManus under the pen name ‘Mac’.  In 1899, when The Shan Van Vocht ceased publication, its subscription lists were transferred to Arthur Griffith’s United Irishman.

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