Ó CONLUAIN, Proinsias. Seán T. Scéal a Bheatha á Insint ag Seán T. Ó Ceallaigh [SIGNED BY TWO PRESIDENTS, Eamonn De Valera and Sean T. O’Kelly]


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Illustrated. Baile Átha Cliath: FNT, 1963. An chéad chló. pp. 246. Blue cloth, titled in gilt. Signed in Irish by Seán T. Ó Ceallaigh and Eamon de Valera on front free endpaper. A fine copy in very good dust jacket. Rare with signatures of two presidents of Ireland.
Sean T. Ó Ceallaigh, second President of Ireland, joined the Gaelic League in 1898 and was active in the IRB and a founder member of Sinn Fein. He was manager of the Gaelic League newspaper An Claidheamh Soluis, and in 1916 was Staff Captain to Pearse in the GPO. He was arrested and interned, but escaped court-martial; in 1919 he became Ceann Comhairle of the First Dail, and later a Republican envoy in Paris. A close associate of Eamon de Valera, he was Minister for Local Government and for Finance in successive Fianna Fail governments, and succeeded Douglas Hyde as President of Ireland in 1945, re-elected in 1952.
Éamon de Valera (born George De Valero), 1882 - 1975, was one of the dominant political figures in 20th century Ireland. His political career spanned over half a century, from 1917 to 1973; he served multiple terms as head of government and head of state, and is credited with a leading role in the authorship of the present-day Constitution of Ireland. He was a significant leader of Ireland's struggle for independence from the United Kingdom, and the anti-Treaty opposition in the ensuing Civil War. In 1926, he founded Fianna Fáil, which continues to be one of the largest political parties in Ireland. Over the years, the principal element of his political creed evolved from militant nationalism to social and cultural conservatism. De Valera was co-owner of 'The Irish Press', a newspaper supportive of Fianna Fáil.


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