Mary Kenny

De Valera In the Dock

The Emergency: Neutral Ireland 1939–45


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There is an anecdote – apocryphal, but illuminating – about three Irish aircrew during the Battle of Britain. The pilot is from Cork, the co-pilot from Tipperary and the navigator from Derry. ‘Say what you like about De Valera,’ shouts the Corkman as the firepower whizzes around him during an aerial battle, ‘but at least he kept us out of the war!’

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