New Domhnall Ua Buachalla biography launched
Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin reveals book on life of nationalist and politician
Tim Pat Coogan and Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin, at the launch of the latter’s new book, Domhnall Ua Buachalla: Rebellious Nationalist, Reluctant Governor. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw
The biography Domhnall Ua Buachalla – Rebellious Nationalist, Reluctant Governor was written by retired journalist Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin, who worked as a sports editor at both the Sunday Press and the Sunday Independent.
Ua Buachalla was a cultural nationalist, Gaelic Leaguer and friend of Pádraig Pearse who became an Irish Volunteer leader in north Kildare.
Ua Buachalla was interned in Frongoch in Wales and returned home to win a seat in the first Dáil for North Kildare.
He was later arrested for his anti-Treaty activities during the Civil War and went to prison in Dundalk, but escaped when Frank Aiken dynamited the jail.
He was a Fianna Fáil TD from 1927 to 1932 and reluctantly became the last governor general, at the request of Éamon De Valera, in 1932.
He died in 1963, aged 97. Buckley’s Lane, in Maynooth, the site of his family hardware shop, is named after him.