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‘In Dublin’s <b>Bright</b> City’: September 1939–May 1940

Robert Cole

in Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622771
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651337 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622771.003.0003
‘In Dublin’s Bright City’: September 1939–May 1940

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Britain's hope of moving Irish opinion to Britain's side in the war was far from realised when the Battle of Britain began in May 1940. ‘In Dublin's Bright City!’ by columnist ‘Cassandra’ (William O'Connor) and cartoonist Philip Zec of the Daily Mirror claimed that Dublin was where ‘the boys from the bogs foregather not to discuss the wrongs of Hitler,’ and Éamon de Valera played the role of ‘Limelight Dev – the Great Barnumon the edge of the blackout’. When the war began, Britain had few propaganda films. Censoring foreign material was the key to combating propaganda. By 1940, the press was more than ever the focus of Eire censorship. The press censors missed very little in the British press, yet some items allowed in the Irish press perhaps merited more raised eyebrows than they received.

Keywords: Dublin's Bright City; Britain; Eire censorship; press censors; British press; Irish press

Chapter.  14267 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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