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Biography of Griffith reveals complex truth

Biography; Arthur Griffith; By Owen McGee; Merrion Press, €33.25

29th November, 2015
Arthur Griffith: a socially awkward intellectualGetty

Sometimes, history is made by the least likely people. Arthur Griffith’s military moustache and stylish pince-nez gave him an imposing appearance, but the working-class Dubliner was essentially a shy man. He found it difficult to address friends by their first name or make conversation with anyone who was not a voracious reader like himself.

Despite these social limitations, Griffith will always be remembered for one of the most momentous decisions ever made by...

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