Adolescence in Modern Irish History (Palgrave Studies in the by Catherine Cox, Susannah Riordan

By Catherine Cox, Susannah Riordan

This edited assortment is the 1st to deal with the subject of youth in Irish background. It brings jointly confirmed and rising students to envision the event of Irish teens from the 'affective revolution' of the early 19th century to the emergence of the teen within the Sixties.

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Belfast News-Letter, 18 May 1832. 40. ‘Controversy with William Mitchell upon Government 1819’ (PRONI, Tennent Papers, D/1748/G/754/1–4). 41. Tennent’s support for the Spanish cause can be traced in RJT to Robert Tennent, 28 May 1823 to 13 June 1823 (PRONI, Tennent Papers, D/1748/C/1/215/29–32). Wright, The ‘natural leaders’, 111–17 reflects more broadly on his engagement with the European revolutions. 42. Robert Tennent to RJT, 25 Oct. and 6 Nov. 1825 (PRONI, Tennent Papers, D/1748/G/667/31 and 32).

She used to jump out of her bed at night and fly to his room with nought but a cloak wrapped round her on pretence of hearing him groan, there she would lie for hours with her cheek on his pillow. ’ Aye I said stroked her and Mamma laughed consumedly and declared that for all she knew matters might have gone far enough between them … At all events, said I, I know what I would have done in his place. We had some other small stories also which are hardly worth crediting after the above most glorious one.

27 II As the son of Robert Tennent and the nephew of William Tennent, Robert James Tennent was a product of, and heir to, the reformist culture of the ‘natural leaders’, and was numbered among the earliest students enrolled in the Belfast Academical Institution when it opened in 1814. Entering the Institution at the age of eleven, he was to study there for six years, until the age of seventeen. 28 But it was not all work. 29 That Tennent’s circle included Drennan and Templeton, young men who were, like him, the sons of members of Belfast’s reformist elite, is significant, highlighting the fact that we are dealing here with a distinct and privileged group.

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