Ireland's Quisling


in Eoin O’Duffy

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226672
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696268 | DOI:
Ireland's Quisling

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This chapter examines Eoin O'Duffy's return to Ireland after his failed leadership of the Irish Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. It explains that the homecoming was a more muted affair than the entry in O'Duffy's diary suggests, accompanied by an almost inevitable element of farce. Despite the Spanish disaster, O'Duffy has retained a modicum of political relevancy and his occasional forays onto the political stage took the form of occasional contacts with other extremists, republicans, and representatives of the fascist states. During World War II, his status was elevated from political crank to potential enemy of the state, and by 1942 he was finished politically.

Keywords: Eoin O'Duffy; homecoming; Spanish Civil War; political extremists; republicans; fascist states; World War II

Chapter.  12467 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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