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Eamon Bulfin

Eamon Bulfin (1892 1968) was an Argentine-born Irish republican. He was the son of writer William Bulfin (1864-1910) of Birr, King's County . William Bulfin emigrated to Argentina at the age of 20 and was a writer and journalist who became the editor/proprietor of The Southern Cross.

Eamon Bulfin was a pupil at Patrick Pearse's school, St. Enda's (Scoil Eanna), and subsequently studied at University College, Dublin where he became captain of the Irish Volunteer Company.

In the Easter Rising of 1916 in Dublin, he raised the tricolour on the GPO (General Post Office). Following the failure of the insurrection, he was condemned to death but, because of his Argentinian nationality, was instead deported to Buenos Aires.

He was appointed by the President of the new Republic, Eamon de Valera, as Irish Representative to Argentina. De Valera described Bulfin's job as to inaugurate direct trade between Ireland and the Argentine Republic to co-ordinate Irish opinion in the Argentine, and to bring it into the Irish demand for a republic.

Bulfin was one of several representatives abroad appointed for that purpose, and recognition of the importance of their work led to the establishment in February 1921 of a separate Department of Foreign Affairs.

In the 1920 County Council elections, Eamon Bulfin was nominated in his absence for a seat on Kings County Council. He was elected and, even though he was in Argentina, he was immediately appointed chairman of the council. One of the first things the new council did was to agree that the countys name be changed from King's County to its ancient name of Offaly.

On the formation of the Irish Free State, Bulfin returned to Ireland, becoming active in local politics.

His sister, Catalina (1901-1976), was secretary to Austin Stack. Catalina Bulfin married the Nobel Prize-winner Sean MacBride, the son of Major John MacBride and Maud Gonne.

Bulfin Road in Inchicore, Dublin 8 is named after him.

See also

Francis Bulfin

External links

An Irish Argentine in the Easter Rising (The Irish Post)

Murray, Edmundo. Bulfin, Eamon (1892-1968), Irish republican and diplomatist in "Irish Migration Studies in Latin America", November-December 2005

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