fired the first shot of the Irish War of Independence
He was later a Fianna Fáil TD for Co.Tipperary from 1932 to 1965.
He was also a strong supporter of Nazi Germany,
before, during and after the war.
I have had some scepticism of my claim that he was a
and Nazi spy.
So I thought I would put all the data I have on one page.
Dan Breen listed in Thom's Directory 1945
at St.Kevin's park, Dartry, Rathmines district, Dublin
(see street view
He had pictures of Hitler on the wall.
The IRA supported the Nazis
during the war.
So did many other Irish republicans
including Dan Breen.
Defending Ireland : The Irish State and Its Enemies Since 1922
by Eunan O'Halpin (1999).
hoped for Nazi victory in the war,
and actually wept
when Hitler died.
The Emergency: Neutral Ireland 1939-45,
Brian Girvin, 2006.
was a Nazi spy and collaborator.
The footnote from the above, giving sources.
Dan Breen providing information to the Nazis.
Britain, Ireland and the Second World War
by Ian S. Wood (2010).
says that Dan Breen sent birthday greetings to Hitler in 1943.
"Congratulations to the Führer on his birthday. May he live long [and] lead Europe on the road to peace, security and happiness."
Breen to Hempel, 20/4/1943, Office of Strategic Services,
Entry 210, Box 299.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
Dan Breen at the funeral of Nazi spy
The Irish Times,
27 May 1947, p.1
Dan Breen helped to carry the coffin.
The Cork Examiner, May 27, 1947,
still had pictures of Adolf Hitler on the walls
of his house in Dublin.
"An Irishman's Diary",
The Irish Times,
24 Feb 1997, p.15
room of war memorabilia in a
I thought of this when I read about Dan Breen's house above.