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We had an emergency - never a war - and it left many facing a different fight on VE Day

John Downing


Haughey and a UCD group burned UK flag

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Controversy: Éamon de Valera called at the German embassy to express sympathy at the death of Hitler. Photo: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

Controversy: Éamon de Valera called at the German embassy to express sympathy at the death of Hitler. Photo: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

Controversy: Éamon de Valera called at the German embassy to express sympathy at the death of Hitler. Photo: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

There was a special Mass for the repose of the soul of Benito Mussolini and a failed effort to do the same for one Adolf Hitler.

For most of Europe it was an occasion of unbridled joy and celebration. But VE Day on May 8, 1945, in Ireland was less straightforward, marked by clashes and flag burnings and public expressions of anti-British and anti-US sentiment.


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