Monday 11 December 2017

John Daly: A firebrand with the courage and wit to stick to his message, no matter the cost

James Connolly. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
James Connolly. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

John Daly

For the week that's in it, a barstool mate posed this question a few evenings back: "Who would you have preferred to fight beside in the GPO during those fateful days of Easter 1916?"

A fair enquiry, right enough, and similar to the old soldier's deliberation on the ideal buddy in a foxhole while waiting for overwhelming attack.

James Connolly was my immediate choice, for all sorts of reasons. For starters, he had a way with words.

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