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Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War$
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Robert Cole

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622771

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622771.001.0001

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‘In Dublin’s Bright City’: September 1939–May 1940

‘In Dublin’s Bright City’: September 1939–May 1940

(p.20) 2 ‘In Dublin’s Bright City’: September 1939–May 1940
Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War

Robert Cole

Edinburgh University Press

Britain's hope of moving Irish opinion to Britain's side in the war was far from realised when the Battle of Britain began in May 1940. ‘In Dublin's Bright City!’ by columnist ‘Cassandra’ (William O'Connor) and cartoonist Philip Zec of the Daily Mirror claimed that Dublin was where ‘the boys from the bogs foregather not to discuss the wrongs of Hitler,’ and Éamon de Valera played the role of ‘Limelight Dev – the Great Barnumon the edge of the blackout’. When the war began, Britain had few propaganda films. Censoring foreign material was the key to combating propaganda. By 1940, the press was more than ever the focus of Eire censorship. The press censors missed very little in the British press, yet some items allowed in the Irish press perhaps merited more raised eyebrows than they received.

Keywords:   Dublin's Bright City, Britain, Eire censorship, press censors, British press, Irish press

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