For Irishmen, there is no football game to match rugby and if all our young men played rugby not only would we beat England and Wales but France and the whole lot of them put together.
Quoted from a 1957 speech
It is my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Michael Collins and it will be recorded at my expense.Éamon De Valera
Partition is after all only an old fortress of crumbled masonry — held together with the plaster of fiction.Éamon De Valera
All history is man's efforts to realise ideals.Éamon De Valera
A Dhomhnall, I have to tell you, you are abolished.Éamon De Valera
Of course I wrote most of the Constitution myself. I remember hesitating for a long time over the US presidential system. But it wouldn't have done — we were too trained in English democracy to sit down under a dictatorship which is what the American system really is.Éamon De Valera