Political satire in comic format

Sunday Independent, 18 September 1921

Ireland has a strong history of political cartoons. These three, from the Sunday Independent, highlight major themes concerning the paper’s middle-class Catholic readership: the importance of press scrutiny, the failures of the British administration in Ireland, and the corrupting influence of popular media. The figure in “The Cult of Intellect” is Charlie Chaplin, whose iconic film The Kid was released in 1921.