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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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Ireland's Quisling

Ireland's Quisling

(p.316) 11 Ireland's Quisling
Eoin O’Duffy


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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

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