Cathal Brugha: The complex man behind the fanatical revolutionary caricature
Daithí Ó Corráin and Gerard Hanley’s exhaustively researched and engaging biography reveals an intelligent, but ultimately flawed figure in Irish history
Cathal Brugha has often been depicted as a hopeless fanatic. “Brugha doesn’t know his arse from his elbow,” Michael Collins tells Eamon de Valera in the 1991 RTÉ drama The Treaty. “I’ve always admired that man, he’s given more for Ireland than any of us. But [his] idea that we can take on the might of the British Empire in a straight fight is ballsology.”
Daithí Ó Corráin and Gerard Hanley’s book sets out to ...