As the world now knows only too well, De Valera was one of the most dominant political figures of  the twentieth century in Ireland, with his political career spanning over half a century. De Valera was the only commandant not to be executed for his role in the Easter Rising. This team reach the final of the Munster Senior Club. Éamon De Valera.ppt is a PowerPoint presentation uploaded by cobrienpg12. This fact, however, did not halt the death of Thomas Clarke, who had been an American citizen since 1905. Early life. Éamon de Valera, along with Seán McGarry and Seán Milroy, escape from Lincoln Gaol in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England on February 3, 1919. He joined the Irish Volunteers in November, 1913. He tried to gain entry to two colleges back in Limerick but was unsuccessful in these applications. His son Brian predeceased his parents. Always interested in the culture and language of Ireland, De Valera became an avid speaker for the cause of Irish Independence. Terms of Service. He favoured a truce with Britain but unexpectedly decided not to lead the Irish delegation which negotiated the Treaty (October-December 1921). Fianna Fail`s election victory in 1932 marked the beginning of 16 unbroken years in power, during which de Valera was both Prime Minister and responsible for foreign affairs. After his release from Dartmoor prison in June 1917, he almost immediately won a by-election in East Clare, standing for Sinn Féin. In 1916, the Easter Rising sought to establish an independent Irish republic. However, his death sentence was commuted to penal servitude almost immediately after his court martial. De Valera took part in the Howth gun running. Differing historical accounts vary as to why his sentence was commuted to penal servitude and some of these are listed below; one, or all of these reasons saved the life of the future President of Ireland. Not having a scholarship to continue his education further, he had to leave to earn a living. He was then court-martialed and sentenced to death by firing squad. So it was, that when these plans were put into place for the 24th April 1916, De Valera led his troops through the streets of Dublin to occupy Boland’s Mill on Grand Canal Street. April 1916: Easter Rising. The Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partnership, 'Dawning of the Day' by Mary Fahl (former lead singer of October Project), This Week in the History of the Irish: January 17 - January 23, Michael Brennan and the East Clare Brigade at the Glenwood Ambush, This Week in the History of the Irish: January 10 - January 16, Cleburne's Ancestors: Anglo-Irish, Well-Respected. Eamonn de Valera was born in … His defence was that in Dublin he could better preserve national unity and gain acceptance of any agreement reached. The IRB secretly controlled the central executive of the Volunteers. He opposed secret societies, but he joined this one as it was the only way he could be guaranteed full information on the plans for the Easter Rising. document.write('