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Eoin O’DuffyA Self-Made Hero$
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Fearghal McGarry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226672.001.0001

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The third greatest man in Europe

The third greatest man in Europe

(p.270) 10 The third greatest man in Europe
Eoin O’Duffy


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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

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