Friday, 11 March 2011

North West Spanish Civil War Commemoration Events

 Via the Irish Labour History Society:

The North West Spanish Civil War Project was established to honour all those from counties Derry, Tyrone and Donegal who played a role in the International Brigades. We are pleased to announce that in 2011 we will have a series of events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and to ensure that the names of the 24 local men who went to Spain in the fight against fascism are never forgotten.

From the outset our aim has been to remember and honour the role played by volunteers from the North West of Ireland, who participated in the International Brigades. The men involved were ordinary working class people who came together in a foreign land, sacrificing their lives for an ideal, and with this year being the 75th anniversary we will create a lasting tribute to those involved.

At present we have a number of events scheduled for the year ahead to coincide with the anniversary. The main event will undoubtedly be the dedication of a bronze plaque in the city centre of Derry to these volunteers. Plans are also afoot for the launch of a publication by local lecturer and Irish labour historian Dr. Emmet O'Connor that will examine the lives and backgrounds of those involved, and the roles in which each of them played in defence of the Spanish Republic.

Over the coming months, we will be publicising the events through the local media and on our website as dates and venues become finalised. If you would like to support the project or have information on the volunteers you can contact the project:
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