Forgotten patriot : Douglas Hyde and the foundation of the Irish presidency / Brian Murphy.
By: Murphy, Brian.Publisher: Cork : The Collins Press, 2016Description: vii, 320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), portraits ; 24 cm. Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781848892903.Subject(s): Hyde, Douglas, 1860-1949 | Presidents -- Ireland -- Biography | Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1922-1949DDC classification: 920
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- 25 June 1938 -- The political origins of th ePresidency -- The custodian of the people's constitutional liberties -- the successor of Our Rightful Princes -- The foundations of presidential precedence -- A healing and a Gaelic presidency -- The politics of neutrality -- Playing the game or blowing the whistle -- forgotten patriot -- endnotes -- Sources and bibliography -- Index.
It had been a busy few days for Adolf Hitler, but Douglas Hyde had not slipped his mind ... On 25 June 1938, Douglas Hyde became the first President of Ireland. His values stood in stark contrast to those of the continental dictator. As a Protestant nationalist and a leading figure in the language revival, he made the office an inclusive one and determined to be a president for all the people of Ireland. He also played a highly significant, but previously unheralded, role in the state's policy of neutrality during the second World war. Hitler's fleeting fixation with Hyde was that the new presidency significantly diluted Ireland's bonds with the British Empire.