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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: denounced de Valera as a 'foreign potentate'.
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 20:59:40 -0500

Irish-American diaspora nationalism: the Friends of Irish Freedom,


The Friends of Irish Freedom has been described as one of the most
effective propaganda machines in Irish-American history. The author
describes the factors that led to the establishment of the Friends
and those that coloured its nationalist outlook. He examines the
motives behind the Friends' campaign to prevent American entry into
the First World War on Britain's side. One might have expected a
close working relationship, based on mutual self-interest, between
the Friends and the main nationalist organization in Ireland, Sinn
Féin. Yet significant divisions soon emerged between both
organizations and an explanation for this feud forms the core of this
work; it reached such a pass that Bishop Michael Gallagher, the
president of the Friends, denounced de Valera as a 'foreign potentate'.

Michael Doorley is an associate lecturer in history and politics in
the Open University, Dublin, and the American College, Dublin.

224pp April 2005

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