Cathal Brugha (1874-1922)

Cathal Brugha (1874-1922)

Cathal Brugha (1874-1922)
Born in Fairview, Dublin and educated at Belvedere College, he was a co-founder of a candle making business. A talented footballer, hurler, boxer and linguist, Brugha was Vice-Commandant 4th Battalion of the Dublin Brigade of the Irish Volunteers at South Dublin Union under Eamonn Ceannt. Wounded and crippled during the Rising, he became a TD and was Minister for Defence in the two Sinn Fein Dails from April 1919 to January 1922. Brugha was elected President of the Republic when the Dail met in 1919 but resigned the position in favour of Eamon de Valera. Brugha was reportedly the only person outside of the Rising leaders who had a copy of the insurrection plans. He was killed in fighting in O’Connell Street during the civil war in July, 1922.