Film: The Enigma of Frank Ryan

Reading a review of this film in Scoláire Staire – History Scholar Magazine ( I was brought up short by this picture: “Wait a minute – I recognise that red brick facade!” And yes, indeed, it’s the Whitla Hall at Queen’s…

A new book on Joseph P. Kennedy, patriarch of the Kennedy family, reveals that he had New York Times columnist Arthur Krock, who was on his payroll, secretly approach President Roosevelt in December 1940 with a plan to send Kennedy to Ireland to secretly negotiate with Irish leader Eamon De Valera for the use of Irish military bases and ports.The British government immediately intervened and stated that “For your own information we regard Mr. Kennedy as a highly unsuitable emissary though we appreciate that we must not antagonize him or such Irish American opinion as is under his influence.”

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