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Forgotten Patriot: Douglas Hyde and the Foundation of the Irish Presidency

By Brian Murphy


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In 1938, Douglas Hyde became the first President of Ireland. With his non-partisan background as a Protestant nationalist and a leading figure in the language revival, he was an inspired choice for the office. He made the office an inclusive one and determined to be a president for all the people of Ireland. He was to the forefront in providing leadership on the key political issues of his time. He also played a highly significant, but previously unheralded, role in the state’s policy of neutrality during the Second World War. Forgotten Patriot shows Hyde’s considerable impact on the development and perception of the office of President of Ireland.

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
  • Number of pages: 328
  • ISBN: 9781848892903
  • Illustrations note: B&W photos,
Combining important new research with the fascinating insight of the scholar, he has written an absorbing portrait in lucid prose.
Remarkably revealing book ... often riveting and highly entertaining.
Excellent, original account.
Well-researched and thoroughgoing biography ... an important contribution to the literature on Irish constitutional development.
Insightful and interesting … well-written and thoroughly researched.
The fascination of the book lies in Murphy's accounts of Dáil debates about the insertion of a president into the 1937 Constitution, with Fine Gael convinced that it was a step towards de Valera imposing a dictatorship and de Valera seeing it as a vehicle to remove any last link to the British crown.
Welcome contribution to our understanding of the presidency and how it came into being.
Forgotten Patriot Brian Murphy

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