Why did Queen Elizabeth I of England ban Celtic music in Ireland and when?

The British considered Celtic music to be a destabilizing force, galvanizing resistance, stirring up emotions, and reminding the Irish of their pre-occupation history.

They outlawed it, and Queen Elizabeth I decreed that musicians were to be arrested and hanged on the spot.

Queen Elizabeth faced a hostile, and in some places, a virtually autonomous Catholic population in Ireland, although Ireland was one of her two kingdoms.

The severe repression of Irish culture lasted for over 100 years.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

Leave a Comment