Eoin O'Duffy: A Self-Made Hero by Fearghal McgarryEoin O'Duffy: A Self-Made Hero by Fearghal Mcgarry

Eoin O'Duffy: A Self-Made Hero

byFearghal Mcgarry

Hardcover | September 29, 2005

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Eoin O'Duffy was one of the most controversial figures of modern Irish history. A guerrilla leader and protege of Michael Collins, he rose rapidly through the ranks of the republican movement. By 1922 he was chief of staff of the IRA, a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood's SupremeCouncil, and a Sinn Fein deputy in Dail Eireann. As chief of police, O'Duffy was the strongest defender of the Irish Free State only to become, after his emergence as leader of the Blueshirt movement in 1933, the greatest threat to its survival. Increasingly drawn to international fascism, hefounded Ireland's first fascist party, and led an Irish Brigade to fight under General Franco in the Spanish Civil War. He died in wartime Dublin, a Nazi collaborator, and a broken man.This study, the first ever biography of Eoin O'Duffy, draws on unpublished archival and personal papers to trace his journey from revolutionary republicanism to fascism. It examines the importance of cultural forces, including the legacy of the Irish-Ireland movement, Catholicism, anti-communism,and O'Duffy's ideas on sports, morality, and masculinity to explain his descent into extremism. McGarry peels away the public persona to reveal a complex picture of the motives which drove this extraordinary career. A crusading moralist and advocate of teetotalism, obsessed with the need to counterpublic immorality, who was at the same time a closet homosexual and alcoholic, O'Duffy's remarkable life was characterised by self-aggrandisement, fantasy, and contradiction. This fascinating biography explores themes as diverse as cultural nationalism, violence, sectarianism, militarism, and masculinity to shed new light on Irish republicanism and the politics of interwar European fascist movements. It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand thecomplexities of culture, politics, and society in interwar Ireland.
Fearghal McGarry is currently Lecturer in Irish history at Queen's University, Belfast. Previously he was Lecturer in Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin, and Governemnt of Irelend Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
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Title:Eoin O'Duffy: A Self-Made HeroFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.23 inPublished:September 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Joy to my Youth2. The Best Man in Ulster3. War to the Death in Monaghan4. The Coming Man5. The Flower of the Young Manhood of Ireland6. Preaching the Gospel of National Virility7. Red Terror8. The Irish Mussolini9. Hoch O'Duffy!10. The Third Greatest Man in Europe11. Ireland's QuislingEpilogueNotesSelect BibliographyIndex

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"McGarry has done a path-breaking professional study of an almost forgotten but very significant man who was important not only in himself but also as an example of a social type."--Tom Garvin, American Historical Review