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4 By 1874 (after which Ireland had experienced yet another failed harvest in 1871–1872), the submarine cables to North America in the west, and to Britain in the east, would link to a network of cable around the world spanning 650,000 miles, making it possible for a message from almost anywhere in the world to reach even remote corners of Ireland almost instantly. Journalism was at the nexus of this collision, for in the day-to-day work of the Irish journalist the global spaces of the new telecommunications order met the challenge of an atavistic poverty just beyond the edge of vision; it was in this context that the New Journalism took shape in Ireland.
15. “The Local Government ‘Bored,’ ” Freeman’s Journal, November 25, 1882. 16. J. D. Reigh, “Erin Wrestling with the Specter of Famine while the Chief Secretary of Ireland, Arthur Balfour Plays Golf,” United Ireland, August 23, 1890. 17. William O’Brien, Christmas on the Galtees: An Inquiry into the Condition of the Tenantry of Mr. Nathaniel Buckley by the Special Correspondent of the Freeman’s Journal (Dublin: Central Tenant’s Defence Association, 1878), i. 18. William O’Brien, Recollections (London: Macmillan, 1905), 192.
Stead and others. In December of 1877, O’Brien decided that the real story could only be told by venturing into the Galtee Mountains and interviewing the tenants on the remote estate, telling the story (at least in part) through their own words. Later, writing in a preface to an edition of the resulting articles, published as Christmas on the Galtees: An Inquiry into the Condition of the Tenantry of Mr. 18 Ghosts and Wires 29 From the outset, it was apparent that O’Brien had to find a new style of writing for this kind of journalism.
Ireland and the New Journalism by Karen Steele, Michael de Nie (eds.)