The third greatest man in Europe


in Eoin O’Duffy

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226672
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696268 | DOI:
The third greatest man in Europe

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This chapter examines Eoin O'Duffy's resignation as leader of Fine Gael in September 1934. It discusses his later decision to lead the League of Youth as an independent movement and his participation in the Spanish Civil War on the side of Francisco Franco. The chapter highlights the failure of the Irish Brigade after less than two months in action, O'Duffy's efforts to make a hero out of himself and his troops, and their return to Ireland in June 1937.

Keywords: Eoin O'Duffy; Fine Gael; League of Youth; Spanish Civil War; Francisco Franco; Irish Brigade

Chapter.  20883 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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