Thomas Kettle
by Senia Paseta (9781906359133)

Thomas Kettle
 
Senia Paseta
Release Date: 01 June 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 116
Category: Political
Publisher: University College Dublin Press
ISBN: 9781906359133
ISBN-10: 190635913X



Thomas Kettle: political activist, journalist, orator, poet, essayist, lawyer, nationalist MP, professor, recruiter, soldier and casualty of war. Born in 1880, he was killed in the opening minutes of the allied invasion of Ginchy, having insisted on leading his men into battle. A leader of the younger generation of constitutional nationalists in his own time, he was all but forgotten as a result of the radicalization of Irish politics after 1916. His memory was largely kept alive by studies of Ireland's participation in the Great War and by his final poem, written for his daughter Betty. Thomas Kettle was more than a soldier and recruiter, in fact he had a hand in nearly every major political struggle in early twentieth-century Ireland. His struggles with alcoholism and depression overshadowed his great promise, making his biography more a story of wasted potential than of great achievement.

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