The Cosgrave Party

A History of Cumann na nGaedheal, 1923-33

By Ciara Meehan

Most political parties are created to win power, but Ireland's political party Cumann na nGaedheal was built by men already running the country. The Cosgrave Party tells the unique story of a political party born into the Irish government amidst the bloodshed of the Irish Civil War. The book reveals the true complexity of Cumann na nGaedheal and investigates the internal politics of the party as it struggled with ideological tensions and personality clashes, while its leaders simultaneously ran a government and built a State despite threats from those outside and within the political system. The party is shown to have helped consolidate the tradition of constitutional nationalism in Ireland.


325 pages

Publication Date: 11/30/2010
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781904890652