As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War, Winston Churchill led the country to victory.

Born in 1874, Winston Churchill lived in Dublin from the age of two to six - his grandfather, the Duke of Marlborough, was Viceroy of Ireland. Following a career as an army officer and war correspondent, Churchill entered politics in 1900, when he was elected to parliament as a Conservative candidate. He was Secretary of State for War and Air during the Irish War of Independence (1919-21) and was responsible for sending the Black and Tans to Ireland to fight the IRA. In his next role as colonial secretary, he played a prominent role in negotiating the Anglo-Irish Treaty to end the war in 1921.

In this extract from 'The Tubridy Show', historians Richard Aldous and Ciarán Brady tell Ryan Tubridy what it was that made Churchill the quintessential great British leader. This edition of 'The Tubridy Show' was broadcast on 4 May 2010.

Winston Churchill died on 24 January 1965.

The image above shows Ivor Roberts-Jones's statue of Winston Churchill at Westminster, London, in 1980. The photographer was Tom Holton.