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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 best man in Ulster

The best man in Ulster

(p.25) 2 The best man in Ulster
Eoin O’Duffy


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This chapter examines the role of the War of Independence in the emergence of Eoin O'Duffy as a national figure in Ireland. It highlights the speed of his ascent to the leadership of the republican movement in Monaghan County and considers his self-perception as a soldier, which would exert a significant influence on his subsequent career. The chapter discusses O'Duffy's decision to join the Irish Volunteers, his interest in sport as a way to widen divisions between Catholics and Protestants and between republicans and nationalists, and the evolution of Irish Republican Army (IRA) activism.

Keywords:   Eoin O'Duffy, War of Independence, republican movement, soldier, Irish Volunteers, Catholics, Protestants, republicans, nationalists, IRA

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