International Brigades Commeration in Andalusia

Members and friends of the Peter Daly Society attended events in Andalusia to commemorate & recognise the contribution of the International Brigades in fighting fascist forces in the region most notably in the Battle of Lopera where many died and still remain in unmarked graves to this day shamefully.

Many thanks to AABI and FIBI for all there hard work but especially to the people of the many villages & towns who welcomed us, No Pasaran.

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The Peter Daly Commemoration 2015

Guest speakers at this year’s Peter Daly Commemoration were Independent socialist Clare Daly T.D., Eugene McCartan of the Communist Party of Ireland and noted Spanish Civil War historian Harry Owens.

Music by The Druids.

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Speakers announced for 2015 Commemoration – The Peter Daly Society

The speakers at 2015 Peter Daly Commemoration will be Clare Daly TD, Eugene McCartan Communist Party of Ireland and Harry Owens Spanish Civil War Historian.

Speakers announced for 2015 Commemoration – The Peter Daly Society

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The Peter Daly Society – Commemoration 2015 – Monageer, Co. Wexford

The 2015 Commemoration will place at 6pm on Saturday 5th September at the Peter Daly Memorial in Monageer, Co. Wexford. Please see our location map for travel details.

The Peter Daly Society – Commemoration 2015 – Monageer, Co. Wexford

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The Peter Daly Society – Commemoration 2014 – Monageer, Co. Wexford

The 2014 Commemoration will place at 1:30pm on Sunday 7th September at the Peter Daly Memorial in Monageer, Co. Wexford. Please see our location map for travel details.

The Peter Daly Society – Commemoration 2014 – Monageer, Co. Wexford

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Brigadista – Irish Brigade in the Spanish Civil War

A documentary with two Irish members of the International Brigades and their accounts of the time. The International Brigades (Spanish: Brigadas Internacionales) were military units made up of volunteers from different countries, who traveled to Spain to fight for the Second Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939.

Bob Doyle was born in Dublin. He was a lifelong rebel and champion of radical causes. He joined the IRA and served in the British Battalion of the International Brigades. During the Second World War he was a merchant seaman and settled in London, where he later became a Fleet Street print worker and union militant.

He followed socialist republican Kit Conway to fight in Spain and was captured along with Frank Ryan, expecting to be executed at any time.

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The Peter Daly Society – Commemoration 2013 – Monageer, Co. Wexford

The 2013 Commemoration will place at 1:30pm on Sunday 8th September at the Peter Daly Memorial in Monageer, Co. Wexford. Please see our location map for travel details.

The Peter Daly Society - Commemoration 2013 - Monageer, Co. Wexford

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Spanish Civil War Plaque to be unveiled in Derry

Spanish Civil War plaque to be unveiled in DerryA plaque will be erected in Derry next month to remember the volunteers from the north west who fought with the International Brigades in Spain during the country’s civil war.

More than 20 men from Derry, Donegal and Tyrone were killed fighting as part of the International Brigades in Spain during the war between 1936 and 1938.

The plaque will be erected in the Unite Building, Carlisle Road, on Thursday July 18th at 7.30pm.

It follows a long campaign by the North West Spanish Civil War Project, a local group set up several years ago to commemorate and raise awareness of the men from this area who fought in Spain.

The commemoration will include representatives of the trade union movement as well as relatives of those who were members of the International Brigades.

Alongside the plaque unveiling, the North West Spanish Civil War Project are planning to release a complete programme of events to commemorate the local volunteers.

The events will include an exhibition, film screening, talks, and a social evening.

The unveiling will be followed by a short reception in the union building before the celebrations move to Sandino’s Bar, Water Street where there will be an evening of workers’ songs and poetry.

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Misfit, A Revolutionary Life by Captain Jack White (Re-Issue)

Captain Jack White, an unsung hero of the Irish Revolution, first published his autobiography “Misfit” in 1930. He was an extraordinary complex man and difficult to fit into any easy slot. He was born into a loyalist and middle-class family, the son of Field Marshal Sir George White, Governor of Gibraltar. He was brought up mixing in the highest circles of the British establishment, hardly an obvious beginning for someone who was to become co-founder of the Irish Citizen Army. White had a colourful and diverse life. After being decorated for his part in the Boer War he resigned his commission, travelled extensively in Bohemia, worked as a lumberjack in Canada and lived in a Tolstoyan Commune in England.

Misfit, A Revolutionary Life by Captain Jack White (Re-Issue)

Misfit tells the story of White’s spiritual inner revolution as well as the story of his part in the Irish Revolution. Prior to being instrumental in the founding of the Irish Citizen Army White had involved himself with the opposition to Sir Edmund Carson’s anti-Home Rule Bill and travelled to London to speak alongside George Bernard Shaw on the subjection of Irish Nationalism. He then went on to organise the 1913 protest meeting in Ballymoney, Co Armagh, which was addressed by Sir Roger Casement. The protest proved so effective that he was then invited to Dublin to speak on Home Rule. White arrived in Dublin at the height of the 1913 Lockout. He met with James Connolly and Jim Larkin, and under the influence of Connelly quickly identified himself with the southern workers’ cause.

White was outraged at how the Catholic Church aided and abetted the Dublin employers during the lockout and this outrage was galvanised when they stopped starving Irish children of the strikers going to Liverpool ‘heathen’ homes. It was then that White and Jim Larkin called for volunteers to set up a defence force. Some ten thousand were there, and almost all volunteered. They were directed to the Transport Union Hall. The strike had not actually come to a confrontation however until the infamous Butt Bridge baton charge. White was arrested as one of the leaders of the demonstration and fought all the way to the police station.

After the 1916 Rising White was again arrested and imprisoned for trying to organise a strike of the Welsh miners in support of James Connolly who was imprisoned in Kilmainham Jail under sentence of execution.

Jack White, throughout the 1920s, was active in a host of organisations including The Irish Workers Leagueand The Workers Party of Ireland, moving between Dublin, London and Belfast and now clearly identified himself with left republican politics. A regular public speaker, he also wrote for many publications includingAn Phoblacht.

In 1936, White travelled to Spain to help fight Fascism. Impressed by the social revolution that was unfolding there, he was attracted to the Anarchist cause and wrote the short pamphlets “The Meaning of Anarchy” (1937) and “Anarchism –A Philosophy of Action” (1937. Returning to London in 1937, he worked with ‘Spain and the World’, a pro-anarchist propaganda group. With Matt Kavanagh, the Irish Liverpudlian anarchist he worked on a survey of Irish Labour and Irish aspirations in relation to anarchism and did a study of a little known Cork Soviet. He was also working on a second volume of Misfit, a kind of Misfit 2. The articles and pamphlets which survive are now preserved in the anarchist archive at the Kate Sharpley Library www.katesharpleylibrary.net

After his death, his second wife either alone or in conjunction with the White family, unfortunately destroyed these notes. It may have been through neglect or expediency but it was more than likely driven by White’s criticism of the Catholic Church. Whatever the reason, it was a tragic loss.

White made a final and brief reappearance in public life during the 1945 General Election campaign. Proposing himself as a ‘Republican Socialist’ candidate for the Antrim constituency, he convened a meeting at the local Orange Hall in Broughshane to outline his view. But he never actually got his name on the ballot paper. Six months later Jack White died from cancer in a Belfast nursing home. After a private ceremony, he was buried in the White family plot in the First Presbyterian Church in Broughshane. The only thing written on the tombstone is that he was the son of Field Marshal Sir George White; there is no commemorative record or plaque anywhere.

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6th Annual George Brown Commemoration Weekend – Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny

On Friday and Saturday, June 28/29 the Sixth Annual George Brown Memorial Event will take place in Inistioge Co. Kilkenny. The emphasis this year is very much on events in Ireland, both historic and current.

6th Annual George Brown Commemoration Weekend - Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny

On Saturday, in the Church of Ireland, Inistioge, ‘Irish Times’ journalist and the paper’s Assistant Editor, Fintan O’Toole, the key-note speaker will talk on the effect of the Troika-imposed austerity programme on this country and how the people can regain control over their own destiny. He has written extensively on this austerity programme and on the devastating damage it is inflicting on those least equipped to withstand it – the unemployed, the disadvantaged, those depending on the State Health Service, those on the minimum wage, those suffering financially due to ‘negative equity. This is a subject which he has dealt with in detail in a number of publications, the most recent of which is titled “Enough is Enough – How to Build a New Republic”.

Also at the Saturday session, which begins at noon, Matt Staunton of IMPACT will speak on the threat to the State forestry company Coillte arising from government plans to privatise certain commercial concerns in the State sector. This is a topic which will be of particular interest to many in our community. As part of the country’s deal with the I.M.F. and the E.C.B. it was agreed that unspecified State assets would be sold off with the proceeds applied to the reduction of national debt. It is expected that these sales will realise€3 billion. The immediate sell-off targets are the State’s 25% share in Aer Lingus, part of Bord Gáis Éireann, and, possibly, Coillte. All who are familiar with Inistioge will fully appreciate how important forestry is to this part of Co. Kilkenny.

Forestry is in fact the oldest State-owned/State-supported public enterprise in Ireland. Dating back to 1923, it pre-dates Irish independence. At present there are about 650,000 hectares of forest under State control. Currently Coillte harvests over 1.5 million cubic metres of timber annually, and sells a further 800,000 cubic metres standing. It is by far the leading producer of timber in the country and, besides its own processing plants, it also supplies 80% of the timber required by the country’s private saw mills. This is a commercially successful State enterprise. In 2011 its turnover was €260 million, generating a profit of just over€19 million.

The sale would threaten not only the indigenous Irish forestry industry and the jobs it provides in local rural communities, but would also have serious implications for the important role our State forests have as a leisure amenity.

The Friday evening session will concentrate, in this the centenary year of the 1913 Dublin Lock-Out, on the rise of the Irish trade union movement. Chair, Jimmy Kelly, Irish Secretary UNITE, will speak on Irish workers’ leader Jim Larkin. Labour historian, Mary Muldowney, will address the issue of the role of women in the workers’ struggle, drawing in the main, not on historical documents because women were to a great extent without a documented history, but on their recorded memories. This evening session will finish with a reading by Eoin MacDonald, a student at Wexford CBS, of his prize-winning essay on Wexford International Brigader, Peter Daly.

This year’s event begins with a wreath-laying ceremony at the George Brown plaque in St Colmcille’s graveyard where the welcome address will be delivered by Manus O’Riordan, son of International Brigader, Michael O’Riordan.

The final commemorative event will be held in Woodstock on Saturday afternoon. Following a short forest walk from the Olive Grove to the car park, where a tree planting ceremony will take place, an address dealing with IT&GWU and its hundred year history will be delivered by Jack O’Connor, President SIPTU. Afterwards, its back to the Square, Inistioge where entertainment will be provided by the Graiguenamanagh Brass Band.

Wednesday, 19th June 2013
Waterford Today

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