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Dubhghlas de hÍde / Douglas Hyde 1938-1945

Dubhghlas de hÍde was born in Sligo but he grew up in French Park, county Roscommon.

He was a co-founder of Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League), was also a poet and a playwright and he was Professor of Irish at UCD. He became Ireland's first President at the age of 78 on June 25, 1938 without an election as an agreed candidate and retired from office on June 24, 1945. He passed away on July 12, 1949, aged 89.

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