Motto: "To create and foster public
opinion in Ireland and make it racy of the soil - Chief Baron Woulfe."
"The Nation was one of the most influential periodicals ever published in
Ireland; it was the organ of the Young Ireland movement.”
“The contemporary European
strands of cultural nationalism, separatism, liberalism, and a physical force
philosophy meet in The Nation. Apart from its political influence and reflection
of contemporary affairs, the paper in one way marked the beginning of
Anglo-Irish literature in the strict sense and was a direct influence on Mangan
Levitas: "Earnest cultural nationalist W.P. Ryan quit his post as editor of the Irish Nation and Peasant
in 1910, pleading lack of both funds and inspiration, and concluding
that 'journalism at the best is an indiscretion which no literary-minded
individual can entirely justify to his or her higher self'" (60-61).