Now or Never

Director: Jenny Morris

Ireland • 2007 • 53 mins

It is 2.00 am on the 8th December, 1941. Eamon de Valera and Winston Churchill are locked in a bitter argument over Ireland’s determined neutrality in war-torn Europe. Finally, Churchill sends de Valera a telegram that appears to contain an astonishing offer: give up your neutrality and you can have a united Ireland. The offer, adds Churchill, is available now or never. Taking this intense and momentous exchange as its starting point, Now or Never: The Bitter Feud of Eamon de Valera and Winston Churchill is an ambitious documentary which sets out to explore this key episode in modern Irish history. Featuring revealing interviews with a wide range of leading Irish and British historians, including Brian Girvin, Diarmid Ferriter and Martin Gilbert, it examines the fraught relationship between de Valera and Churchill, from the War of Independence to their highprofile speeches at the end of World War Two.
Director Jenny Morris will attend the screening.
If you can’t see this, try Flight of the Earls (Friday 9.00pm)
Now or Never will be broadcast on RTE in October.

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