Thursday 14 December 2017

The quiet man who united two famous patriot families

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.

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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