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By CHARLES LYSAGHT
Winston Churchill was not a man to bear grudges, and firmly admired the Irish. Yet he was strangely oblivious to the widespread, albeit not universal, hostility still felt towards him in nationalist Ireland. In 1953 he faced a libel action in Ireland arising out of his memoirs. It was brought by Eric Dorman-Smith, an Irish-born general whom he had dismissed during the Desert War. He expressed doubt that “an Irish jury would necessarily be unfair or that they would be prejudiced against me.” His legal advisers knew better. They made sure the case was settled before it got to be heard before a jury in Dublin. When Churchill died in 1965, de Valera, now President of Ireland, lauded him as a great Englishman. He could not omit to add the rider that Churchill had been a “dangerous enemy” of the Irish people.
Tags: Anglo-Irish Treaty, Black and Tans, Bourke Cockran, Charles Lysaght, Éamon de Valera, Fianna Fáil, Irish Home Rule, Irish Nationalists, Irish Volunteers, Lord Randolph Churchill, Michael Collins, Neville Chamberlain, Sinn Féin, Third Home Rule bill, Winston S. Churchill,
By MICHAEL MCMENAMIN
Churchill and the media is a larger story than author Toye tells, and the omissions are as disappointing as the assertions are disconcerting.
Tags: Andrew Roberts, Bourke Cockran, Erich Maria Remarque, Ludwig Renn, Piers Brendon, Reginald Barnes, Richard Langworth, Richard Toye, Winston S. Churchill,
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
These are just a few of the classical authors Churchill read in his self-education as a young man. They form an adjunct to the more recent and direct inspirations, the figures of more recent centuries.
Tags: Andrew Roberts, Aristotle, Bourke Cockran, Cicero, Duke of Marlborough, Georges Clemenceau, Great Contemporaries, Horatio Nelson, John Morley, Justin Lyons, Leo Strauss, Lord Randolph Churchill, Napoleon, Paul Rahe, Plato, Richard M. Langworth, Shakespeare, Socrates, Thucydides, War of Spanish Succession, Winston S. Churchill, Xenophon,
By FRED GLUECKSTEIN
Churchill’s capacious memory was well stocked with phrases he first heard from Bourke Cockran. “The earth is a generous mother” was the best known, but Churchill also recited his most basic beliefs in Cockran’s words.
Tags: Adlai Stevenson, Anita Leslie, Bourke Cockran, Cuba, Fulton, Lady Randolph Churchill, Lord Randolph Curchill, Moreton Frewin, Reginald Barnes,