2017 Festival

The Rise of Éamon de Valera

Published: August 14, 2019 by source

David McCullagh, historian and broadcaster looks at how De Valera’s early life shaped the most influential politician of 20th century Ireland. Eamon de Valera is arguably the most important Irish politician of the twentieth century. He was a leader of the Easter Rising, a prominent supporter the anti-treaty rebels during the Civil War, the founder of Fianna Fáil and laterPresident of Ireland.

From the host of RTÉ’s Primetime and author of The Reluctant Taoiseach, the widely acclaimed biography of John A. Costello, Rise 1882-1932 is the first volume of a major two-part reassessment of the man who shaped modern Ireland.

Recorded at Dublin City Library and Archive on 9 October 2017 as part of Dublin Festival of History.