Author Archive for Manus O'Riordan

Memorial Weekend Tribute in Catalonia

July 4, 2018
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Memorial Weekend Tribute in Catalonia

The 80th anniversary Ebro commemorative tour organised this May by FIBI – Friends of the International Brigades in Ireland – coincided with Memorial Weekend in the USA. At the grave of Lincoln Battalion Ebro casualty John Cookson (killed in action, September 1938), located near Marçà in Catalunya, Nancy Wallach, ALBA Board member and daughter...
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From Vinebre to Corbera d’Ebre: La XV Brigada Internacional July-September 1938

June 14, 2018
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From Vinebre to Corbera d’Ebre: La XV Brigada Internacional July-September 1938

From the third minute of this video, Friends of the International Brigades in Ireland are shown on their May 26 visit to the battlefield outside Corbera d’Ebre, where Kerry born Lincoln Battalion volunteer Thomas O’Flaherty had been among those brigadistas killed in action in September 1938, and whose nephew, Kerry Flaherty, carries an Abraham...
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ALBA Human Rights Winners Under Assault from Italian Government

March 21, 2018
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ALBA Human Rights Winners Under Assault from Italian Government

The London Times reports: Crew members of a Spanish charity ship that rescued 218 migrants from the Mediterranean and brought them to Italy are being investigated for aiding illegal immigration, signalling Rome’s increasing intolerance of migrants. Italian authorities impounded the ship operated by Proactiva Open Arms after it landed in Pozzallo, Sicily. The public prosecutor in Catania argued...
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ALBA Ably Represented in Ireland This January

February 27, 2018
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ALBA Ably Represented in Ireland This January

February 27 is the 81st anniversary of the death in action at Jarama of the Irish poet and Lincoln Brigadista Charlie Donnelly. At the 80th anniversary commemoration in Donnelly’s natively village last year, ALBA Board Member Nancy Wallach met with Nora Shovelin of the Clé (Left) Folk Club, which meets each month in Dublin’s Liberty Hall,...
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“Jarama” Film Tribute to Two Irish Lincolns

February 20, 2018
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“Jarama” Film Tribute to Two Irish Lincolns

This Saturday, February 17, the annual Jarama commemorative march organised by AABI (Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales) began at its customary starting point, from the Rivas Vaciamadrid memorial – erected by FIBI (Friends of the International Brigades in Ireland) – in honor of the Irish poet Charlie Donnelly (1914-1937), of the James...
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Reply to the President of Ireland

November 17, 2016
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Reply to the President of Ireland

The following is a reply to the address by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to the International Brigade Memorial Trust, on October 15. 2016   A Uachtaráin, a chara, Mr. President, compañero Presidente! We are inspired by your address today. You have kept the honor of Ireland’s flag flying high, as you always...
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President of Ireland addresses International Brigade Memorial Trust

October 26, 2016
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President of Ireland addresses International Brigade Memorial Trust

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, officially opened the Annual General Meeting of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, held in Liberty Hall, Dublin, on October 15. Seated, left to right, are IBMT Ireland Secretary Manus O’Riordan, President Higgins, Sabina Higgins and IBMT Chairperson Richard Baxell. Standing, left to right, are IBMT North West...
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Honoring Limerick brigadistas and a British battalion commander

January 21, 2015
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Honoring Limerick brigadistas and a British battalion commander

This article appeared in the 38th issue of the newsletter of the International Brigade Memorial Trust and is reprinted here with the IBMT’s permission. From the Shannon to the Ebro: The Limerick men who went to fight Franco, the Limerick International Brigade Memorial Trust, September 2014; Fighting for Republican Spain 1936-38: Frank Ryan and the Volunteers from Limerick...
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IBMT commemorates 1936 anti-fascist victory in London

October 10, 2011
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IBMT commemorates 1936 anti-fascist victory in London

Cable Street in London’s East End, an area which is now predominantly Bengali as it had been predominantly Jewish in 1936, saw 1,000 people march this October 2 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the defeat of the attempt of the British Union of Fascists to stage their hate match through the area. See...
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