The Irishman Who Taught Churchill Oratory

Blog Awards Ireland 2014 will be announcing its shortlist next week. I am pleased to have been nominated in the Diaspora category. I thought I would repost one of my earliest ‘Diasporational’ pieces from last year, about William Bourke Cockran, the Sligoman who became a powerful politcal figure in New York, and who gave a young […]

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Diasporational Part Three: The Irishman Who Taught Churchill Oratory

Winston Churchill is for many the epitome of English statesman, scholar and orator. With his V for Victory sign, his cigars and his bulldog frame, he stands as the Imperial Briton, the Victorian English gentleman who helped deliver the world from the Nazis.

It is ironic, therefore that this most English of leaders, famed for his speechmaking, borrowed much of his oratorical style from an Irishman.

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