‘The Facts are that the Irish Republic exists.’
They remembered the Black and Tans. Twenty years later, they refused to be conscripted into the British army a world away.
Mannix and De Valera had swapped places; De Valera in his early years wanted to be a bishop, Mannix now aspired to the role of statesman
Mannix made the expected speech getting straight up the noses of loyal Australia by calling Kiernan the representative of the whole of Ireland.
It is difficult to write about it – or, indeed, read about it – without anger,