December 2009

If you could travel back in time, what questions would you ask Eamon de Valera?
What was it like to grow up at your grandparents’ house?

What were your feelings, when you were sentenced to death?

What was the time in prison like?

What were your reasons to fight for the independence?

What was it like to have the responsibility for a whole nation?

What do you think of  Michael Collins?

Were you proud of what you had done for the Irish?

What is it like to know that you were an important person for the Irish Republic?


The robbings:

The robbers looted the shops at night because the roozers had hidden themselves away and so it was save.

They welcomed the new Republic and so they weren’t scared of the consequences.

The Volunteers were shocked of them and wanted to shot at them.                        ->”They’re Irish shops they are robbing” , ” It’s all Irish property”

Michael Conolly stopped them because there were 3 different entries:

1st: the Revolution, which will go on, if nothing happens.

2nd: a counter-revolution by Henry and others

3rd: a Civil War by the other “poor”.

So the robbers were taken of the street by some sqads and it was over.

Eamon de Valera was born in Manhattan, New York, on 14th October 1882. His mother decided that her son would be better off at home in Ireland. So she sent him to be reared by his grandmother. He joined the Volunteers in 1913. He was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising. He was sentenced to death after he surrendered, but was later commuted to life in prison. In 1917 he was released under an amnesty. After that he was rearrested and sent to prison in England next year. In 1919 he could escaped because of a key smuggled to him in a cake. He escaped to the USA where he collected 6 Mio. Dollars for Irish independency. In 1921 he went back to Ireland, going on to London, to negotiate with British Prime Minister Lloyd George about the Irish independency. In 1922 the bloody Irish civil war started. De Valera was arrested in Ennis on 15 August 1923 and not released until July 1924.

In May 1926 at a meeting in Dublin, de Valera founded a new political party called Fianna Fail. When de Valera and his fellow Fianna Fail deputies arrived at Leinster House, they were refused permission to take their seats unless they first took the oath. They then retired. Later his Party won the election in Ireland and he was declared President in 1950. He received many visitors including Presidents Charles de Gaulle and John Kennedy. He was re-elected President in 1966 at the age of 83. He received honorary degrees from universities in Ireland and abroad. After 14 years as president (the longest time allowed), he retired from office in June 1973.

Eamon de Valera died on 29 August 1975 at the age of ninety-two. He was buried in Glasnevin cemetery after a state funeral.