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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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Preaching the gospel of national virility

Preaching the gospel of national virility

(p.141) 6 Preaching the gospel of national virility
Eoin O’Duffy


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This chapter examines the darker side to Eoin O'Duffy's success and celebrity as commissioner of Garda Síochána. It explains that from his earliest days as commissioner, O'Duffy promoted a cult of personality within the force, using the Garda journal as his vehicle. The September 1923 issue of Iris an Gharda not only included 13 pictures of O'Duffy, but also a lengthy account of his revolutionary record. This chapter furthermore discusses O'Duffy's attempts to impart the ideals of the revolution to the gardaí and his interest in sport and cultural issues.

Keywords:   Eoin O'Duffy, police commissioner, cult of personality, Iris an Gharda, gardaí, revolutionary ideals, sport, cultural issues

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