Transcription, Radio News Program: "Extract From 'Confidentially Yours' -- Arthur Hale -- Station WOR July 22, [n.d.].
11 January 2014
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McGarrity, Joseph, 1874-1940. McGarrity, Joseph, 1874-1940. Celtic Moods & Memories. Irish--United States. De Valera, Eamon, 1882-1975. Irish Republican Army. Radio journalism.
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EXTRACT FROM "CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS" - ARTHUR HALE - Station WOR JULY 22.
The Irish and the friends of Ireland are having their own share of
worry in this war. Prime Minister de Valera's efforts to keep Eire out of the
conflict, together with his program of economic self-sufficiency has cut
heavily into Irish trade with England and with the United States. Eire has been
forced to adopt rationing in the necessities of lifo; to adopt price and wage
control; and civil rights have been curtailed for the duration.
Ireland presents a situation that causes much anxiety to Irish
sympathizers in the United States. However, to understand the problem, one must
have some appreciation of the Irish spirit-and Irish genius. The Irish are poets
as well as fighters. Irish poetry and Irish music have gone hand in hand with
Ireland's long struggle for complete national independence.
We are reminded of this in connection with a new book by a noted
Irish-American, the late Joseph McGarrity of Philadelphia. As a leader of the
Clan na Gael in America, McGarrity was a fighter for Irish liberty all of his
adult life and poured out money for the cause of revolution. As late as 1939
he was touring the United States with Sean Russell, commander-in-chief of the
outlawed Irish Republican Army, making speeches and raising funds to sustain the
I.RoA. campaign against Britain.
Russell was the fiery revolutionist who was arrested in Detroit that
year, during the visit of the British King and Queene He subsequently disappeared
under very mysterious conditions; and there was a report this year that Russell
had been executed as a spy in Gibraltar. McGarrity, who was in Berlin at the
outbreak of the war, but gotavay-- also mysteriously-~ died in New-York in 1940. ‘ (
es The book of McGarrity's verses has just been privately printed. It reveals a
an post hitherto little known to the public who thought of McGarrity only as a
f Lee onoter of Irish independence. The collection is called Celtic Moods and Momo-
(are ees, and there is a foreword by Padraic Colum, the famous Irish poet and play-
right. McGarrity's moods range all the way from passionate rage to the tenderest
longings, deeply imbued with religious devotion.