Harry Boland

Life
1887-1922; b. Dublin; ed; Synge St. CBS, ajnd de la Salle College, Co. Laois; joined IRB, 1904; prominent member Gaelic League and celebrated Dublin and hurling player; joined Irish Volunteers, and imprisoned, 1916; President of IRB Supreme Council, and Hon. Sec. of Sinn Féin, working closely with Michael Collins, 1917; Roscommon TD, 1918; ambassador to US, 1919, organising de Valera’s fund-raising trip; supported him in rift with Devoy; opposed Treaty; re-elected for Roscommon, June 1922; assassinated in Skerries Grand Hotel during Civil War, May 1922; there is a painting of the ‘Funeral of Harry Boland’ by Jack B. Yeats in the Sligo Public Library Collection.

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Criticism
Jim Maher, Harry Boland (Cork: Mercier Press 1999), 284pp.; David Fitzpatrick, Harry Boland’s Irish Revolution, 1887-1922 (Cork UP 2003), 420pp. [reviewed by C. Farrington in Irish Political Studies, 19, 1, 2004, p.109.

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