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The quiet man who united two famous patriot families

Published 04/02/2006 | 00:11

By Senan Molony, Political Correspondent The death of Ruairi Brugha ends one of the few remaining direct lines between Fianna Fail and the War of Independence, while also sundering a remarkable political marriage.

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Mr Brugha, who passed away in hospital at age 88, was a former member of the IRA and a Fianna Fail TD. But his chief association with fame was as the son of Cathal Brugha, the leading military force behind the Irregulars or Anti-Treaty forces, killed at the beginning of the Civil War.

Born in Dublin in October 1917, Ruairi grew up in a house that was often raided, first by police, then British soldiers and Auxiliaries, followed by Free State forces. His father had been a pimpernel figure during the War of Independence and returned on the run following the split over the Treaty.

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