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The best man in Ulster

FEARGHAL McGARRY

in Eoin O’Duffy

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226672
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696268 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226672.003.0002
The best man in Ulster

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This chapter examines the role of the War of Independence in the emergence of Eoin O'Duffy as a national figure in Ireland. It highlights the speed of his ascent to the leadership of the republican movement in Monaghan County and considers his self-perception as a soldier, which would exert a significant influence on his subsequent career. The chapter discusses O'Duffy's decision to join the Irish Volunteers, his interest in sport as a way to widen divisions between Catholics and Protestants and between republicans and nationalists, and the evolution of Irish Republican Army (IRA) activism.

Keywords: Eoin O'Duffy; War of Independence; republican movement; soldier; Irish Volunteers; Catholics; Protestants; republicans; nationalists; IRA

Chapter.  9867 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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