History and Historiography

Rose Dugdale: The Life of an Irish 68er

Dr Declan Hayes The Burkean

Seán O’Driscoll’s riveting account of British aristocrat Rose Dugdale’s topsy turvy life resembles a Monty Python thriller. Here is a niece of Oswald Mosley, a member of Britain’s ruling elite, who had once prostrated herself in front of their Queen, who had a long-lasting lesbian fling with her Oxbridge tutor(who gifted Dugdale a well-paid job to further their fun times.)

A woman who rubbed shoulders with Martin Luther King Jr., who hung around with scruffs in London squats, who tried to free Ireland by throwing churnfulls of explosives from a hijacked helicopter onto Strabane.

Going on to have a “very close” relationship with IRA mavericks Rita O’Hare and Marion Price in Limerick Prison, Dugdale subsequently led vigilantes against Dublin drug pushers, with whom her son and his British Army suppliers are alleged to have worked closely.

Calling her son Ruairí, presumably after the late Ruairí Ó Brádaigh whom she reviles and who, along with Jim Monaghan(“Mortar Jim”, the love of her life), indoctrinated Sinn Féin recruits with her British aristocratic brand of Irish republicanism.

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