David Mc Cullagh will give a lecture at the 6th Festival of History – 31st La Touche Legacy Weekend as part of the theme ‘Ireland through the Turbulent 30’s’ on Saturday 14th @ 11.00am

David McCullagh is an Irish Journalist and author.  He is a presenter of the current affairs television programme Prime Time, and political correspondent with RTE News and Current Affairs.  He studied politics in UCD and holds a PhD in the subject.

In volume two of his biography of Ēamonn de Valera, covering 1932-1975, the journalist paints a complex picture.  This timely volume – which begins with his coming to power in 1932 – concludes with the Long Fellow’s role in the presidency and his involvement in purely political affairs.  In the 1930s, he notes that de Valera “established an impeccably democratic constitution in marked contrast with most of the newly established states in Europe, particularly the Catholic ones.  “The driving force “of de Valera’s policy during the world war, “was his assertion of the sovereignty of the 26 counties”, argues McCullagh, convincingly.  “Neutrality has given the people more faith in what the government has achieved for the independence of this country than any other act”.

In this fair and thoroughly balanced lecture, this will give those wishing to evaluate specific aspects of his career, such as his presidency, an invaluable insight.

6th Festival of History – Friday 13th and Saturday 14th 2019: Greystones Golf Club, The Burnaby, Greystones

Tickets: €30 for all lectures both days and €50 including Dinner on Saturday evening: Contact Kay Coughlan 01 2876694 or greystonesmd@wicklowcoco.ie

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