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Éamon de Valera 1882-1975

Born in New York. He was educated in Dublin and he became a teacher. He joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1915. He was a commander in Bolands Mill in 1916 and was sentenced to death. This sentence was later commuted and he was released the following year. He was elected President of Dáil Éireann in 1919. He was against the Treaty and formed a rival government. In 1926 he broke with Sinn Féin and founded Fianna Fáil. His party won the election in 1932 and de Valera became Taoiseach (1932-1948). He abolished the Oath of Allegiance, introduced the Constitution of 1937 and kept Ireland neutral during the Second World War. He was Taoiseach again 1951-4, 1957-9 and President 1959-1973. He is buried in Dublin.

Further information and directions to the grave are to be found in "Dead and Buried in Dublin - An Illustrated Guide to the Historic Graves of Dublin.  Click here to order a copy of this book