Big Fellow, Long Fellow: A Joint Biography of Irish Politicians Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera

Big Fellow, Long Fellow: A Joint Biography of Irish Politicians Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera

T. Ryle Dwyer


Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera have been the 2 so much charismatic leaders of the Irish revolution. This joint biography appears to be like first at their very various upbringings and early careers. either fought within the 1916 Easter emerging , even though it is nearly definite they didn't meet in the course of that tumultuous week. Their first come upon got here whilst Collins were published from penitentiary after the emerging yet de Valera used to be nonetheless inside of. Collins used to be a kind of who desired to run a Sinn Féin candidate within the Longford by-election of 1917. De Valera and different leaders adversarial this initiative however the Collins staff went forward besides and the candidate received narrowly. The incident typified the connection among the 2 males: they have been drastically diverse in temperament and elegance. however it used to be accurately of their adjustments and contradictions that their fascination lay. De Valera, the political pragmatist, was hoping to safe independence via political agitation, while the formidable Collins, together with his stressed temperament and boundless power, was once an impassioned patriot who believed in terror and assassination. T. Ryle Dwyer examines the years, 1917-22 in the course of the twists and turns in their careers. In an epilogue, he considers the legacy of Collins on de Valera's political lifestyles.

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