Index of All Pages on the Site

Updated 29th Oct. 2008.

There has been some rearranging of articles, and several additional pieces added in - check it out, Ciaran

Click on a header below to go to list of relevant pages.

International Brigaders, etc.
O'Duffy's Men
General Material
Book Reviews, Bibliography
University Dissertations
Labour Movement and SCW
1930s Newspaper Articles
Later newspaper reports
1930s Irish Left on SCW
Women and the SCW
IB Commemoration Comm. etc.

International Brigaders

George Brown Commemoration Kilkenny, june 27th-28th 2008
Bill Bailey, an Irish-American volunteer Extracts from his biography.
Jack 'Blue' Barry - a short poem I was sent this 4 line poem about Blue Barry, one of the first Irish dead.
Dublin Boys Amazing Escape - Blake and Cochrane. Dublin Evening Mail, 5th October 1937
Joe Boyd remembered
Boyd - Tyrone details revealed in 1976 article.
George Brown Commemoration Kilkenny, june 27th-28th 2008
George Brown - Portrait of a Communist leader. A pamphlet by Mick Jenkins. Added 23rd March 2008
George Brown - a poem about him
Kit Conway
Red Cushing
Cushing remembered
Cushing and Stalin's son
Cushing timeline
From Monageer to Spain the story of Peter Daly
Peter Daly - inaugural commemoration event
1996 letter about Peter Daly by Mick O'Riordan
Frank Deegan
Frank Deegan - a 1988 trip back to Spain
Collected Charlie Donnelly articles
Charlie Donnelly lecture and plaque - A talk by Gerry Dawe on Donnelly, followed by the unveiling of a plaque in University College Dublin, Feb. 26th at 7pm. Added 15 Feb.2008
Gerry Doran letter home
Gerry Doran
Bob Doyle - Over 20 articles & interviews about Bob. Added to, 3rd July 2008
Charlie Donnelly A note in the Irish News, 2006, about the Coalisland Winter School named after him.
Eugene Downing Collection - TWO small extra letters added, 27th October 2007 There are now 18 related articles here
Frank Edwards
Edwards and Waterford
Clarence Forrester - A USA-Finnish/Irish volunteer!
Joe Gibbons A 1942 interview.
Joe Gibbons - Letter about his ship getting sunk!
Joe Gibbons - Letter about a mountain trip and death in the Spanish Civil War
Brian Goold-Verschoyle - soviet purge victim.
Jim Haughey letter home
Haughey's poem - 'foreseeing' his death
Hilliard - Collection - 5 articles gathered here. Added to 25/2/7
James Hyndman, a Glasgow-Strabane volunteer
Mick Lehane
Jim Maley commemorated in song on YouTube! It's called 'These Hands', and the lyrics are based on an interview by him for The Big Issue back in September 2006. Added 11th April 2008.
Patsy McAlister There are 4 articles in this Collection
Paddy Roe McLaughlin
Joe Monks pamphlet With the Reds in Andulasia
Brendan Moroney attacks the IB in 1938
Brendan Moroney defends the IB in later life.
Ben Murray - letter on the death of Alec Muir
Jack Nalty biography His nephew has written quite a good, short book. Here's extracts.
Peter O'Connor - Collected articles 12 articles
Peadar O'Donnell and the SCW
Mick O'Riordan (1917-2006) A Collection of well over 30 pieces about Mick, only a few are individually listed here on this page.
Thomas Patten 3 articles on this Achill volunteer, one of the first Irish dead. Added 29 May 2007
Jim Prendergast piece From 1968.
David Pritchard, a Newtownards (via Canada) IBer from the Newtownards Chronicle, August and December 1939.Added 22 Feb. 2008
Major Frank Ryan: Adjutant of the 15th International Brigade of the Spanish Republican Army.
Some recollections of conversations with him during our internment at De Burgos Penitentiary. Tom Jones, North Wales, Feb. 1975.
Frank Ryan in the News of the World!
Frank Ryan's final years still intrigue In Green and Red: The Lives of Frank Ryan, by Adrian Hoar Sunday Business Post, December 5, 2004
Bill Scott speaking at a 1937 meeting! The notes are here thanks to the RUC!
Bill Scott interviewed in 1975
Bill Scott's letter to his local paper defending the IB, Oct. 1975
Jack White 1
Jack White 2
Jack White 3
Jack White 4
Jack White 5

Connolly Column - republished
Connolly Column launch - C O'Shannon
Connolly Column launch - Manus O'Riordan
Connolly Column launch - Mick O'Riordan
Connolly Column launch -
Conway Memorial event - Collection of articles
Dunvegan Castle - Vol. David Ryan
IBMT Commemorative Crossing of the Pyrenees Easter 2006 Address by Manus O'Riordan
2nd report of the IBMT Pyrenees crossing.
International Brigaders - 240 Irish volunteers listed.
International Lenin School
Eoin MacNamee
Memoirs of several IB men
Irish and Jewish volunteers in SCW
Bill Scott at SPNI meeting
Gaelic book:- notes on McGrotty, etc. Thanks to Terry for the translation!
Behind the legend: Waterfordmen in the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War
Waterford memorial
Waterford memorial 2
Waterford memorial appeal
Waterford memorial BBC reports
Waterford memorial - press reports
Waterford memorial - Irish Times reports
International Women's Day
IWD -Lecture on women in Spain
IWD - Irish women in Spain
A Diversity of VolunteersSpeech by Manus at the IBCC meetings, Belfast, Sept. 2006. A lot on Haughey and CJ McGuinness

O'Duffy's Men - general pieces then individual stories

Kerrymen in the SCW an article from January 1998. It's mainly about the local Bandera members.
Did anyone volunteer to fight with the fascists? - Daily Mail (London), April 9, 2001. Following Franco; Answers to Correspondents: Many people joined the communist International Brigades to fight the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. Did anyone volunteer to fight with the fascists?Added 29th April 2008, CC.
"The Other Volunteers", by Judith Keene Author, "Fighting for Franco" (BBC, 27 Sept 2006)
Bandera Membership This is the largest available public list, CC
Bandera Companies A-D, pdf
Bandera Companies A-C
Bandera Company D
Possible volunteers for O'Duffy?
Cap. Cunningham's List
Deserters from the Bandera
Spanish article on the Bandera
Spanish Inferno - The 1st article in a 1960 Sunday Independent series - possibly the first real history of the Bandera.
Adventures in Spain the first and second of 9 articles, by James McCarthy, Cork, in the Evening Echo, Sept. 1967.Started to add 8th January 2008 CC.

Matt Becketts notes
Collins- death Letter from J McCarthy on the death of a Bandera member after the SCW.
Matt Doolan
Peter Fanning
Moss Fennell - in the Irish Times 30th April 1987.
Frank B Fitzgerald (Limerick Leader, 10 June 1995)
Brendan Kielty
Vol. Bill McCormack
CJ McGuinness Technically he was with the IB but he fits here better.
Denis McGuiness interviewed He is the last known member of the Bandera - interviewed here for a 2007 dissertation. Added online, Oct. 29th 2008
George Mooney
For Franco in Spain - Ned Murphy and Luke O'Rourke, (Wexford Echo, Dec 1988])
Last Bandera Survivor of Spanish war? - Ned Murphy,
Ned Murphy (1912-2007) - One of the last of O'Duffy's Bandera. Obituary from Enniscorthy Echo, 15th Feb 2007
Fr O'Daly
Review of Eoin O'Duffy - A Self-Made Hero - by Manus O'Riordan, May 2006.
General Eoin O'Duffy: Ireland's Answer to Mussolini, The Irish Post, 2nd March 2001
A Dictator of dressing up - Review of Eoin O'Duffy: A Self-Made Hero reviewed by Dermot Bolger The Sunday Independent, November 27, 2005
Propaganda and Fr McCabe

Book Reviews, Bibliography

"Leopold H. Kerney Irish Minister to Spain 1935 - 1946", review by Manus O'Riordan of this website written and compiled by Eamon Kerney (
Brigadista reviewed by the Irish Socialist Network.
Frank Ryan's final years still intrigue In Green and Red: The Lives of Frank Ryan, by Adrian Hoar Sunday Business Post, December 5, 2004
New book of poetry by British and Irish volunteers reviewed.
Sunday Tribune review of Bob Doyle's new book.
Irish Democrats reviews of Bob Doyle's new book.
Review of Eoin O'Duffy - A Self-Made Hero - by Manus O'Riordan, Irish Political Review , May 2006.
A Dictator of dressing up - Review of Eoin O'Duffy: A Self-Made Hero reviewed by Dermot Bolger The Sunday Independent, November 27, 2005
Review of John Quinn's pamphlet - Irish News Nov. 2004
Barry McLoughlin reviews 3 books on SCW.
Bibliography Ireland and SCW
Connolly Column John Corcoran reviews the reprint for the Morning Star April 26, 2005
1930s German pamphlet
IRSP review of Connolly Column
Jim Monaghan's reviews
Review of the Worker
Manus O'Riordam - 4 different views
Updated bibliography on Ireland and SCW
Interesting Nuggets.htm
Archive notes
Belfast and the SCW
McGarry's book on Ryan reviewed 1
McGarry's book on Ryan reviewed 2
McGarry's book on Ryan reviewed 3
McGarry's book on Ryan Stradlings review
USSR chapter on Irish role in SCW

University disserations

Six university dissertations/thesis on the Irish role in SCW. (Updated May 27th 2007)

Labour Movement and SCW with Labour History

Eugene Downing, writing about a WW2 experiment involving Irish SCW volunteers.
Irish Labour and Spain
Brian Hanley on the siege of Connolly House
Eugene Downing, who was there on the siege of Connolly House
"A rather one sided fight" The Worker and the Spanish Civil War, a document study from Saothar, Vol. 23, 1998.
International Lenin School
Eugene Downing, on the Irish in the Lenin School!
Harry Midgley
Socialist Party of NI


Bill Bailey - obit for Irish American vol.
Paul Burns.
Paul Burns another one.
Beatrice de Courcey Ireland
Charlie Donnelly
Added Dec. 2nd Archie Doran
Eugene Downing in the Irish Times Aug. 9, 2003 with 3 other obits.
Frank Edward
Harry Fisher (US Vol.)
Danny Gibbons obituary.
George Gilmore (1985)
Hugh Hunter
Maurice Levitas
James Maley - Glasgow Irish vol. (1908 - 9 April 2007)
Ewart Milne
Joe Monks by CPI
Monks - in Irish Post, etc.
Patsy McAlister The Irish Times, Sept. 29, 1997 and one by the Workers Party.
Ben Murray
Paddy O'Daire.
Peter O'Connor - several obits
Charles O'Flaherty
Pamela O'Malley (1929-2006)
Dick O'Neill
Mick O'Riordan (1917-2006) A collection of pieces, obituaries, etc.
Pat Read Irish anarchist in Spain.
Bill Scott 1988
Liam Tumilson
Tommy Wood - possibly the youngest Irish dead - a 17 year old.

International Brigade Commemoration Committee (IBMT)

Belfast Memorial unveiled October 13th 2007Added Oct. 20th
IBCC fundraiser - Martin Lynch show A one night performance of his comedy, the Humour of the Troubles according to M Lynch.
70 Walkers commemorate 70 years of the International Brigades
Commemorative Address by Manus O'Riordan - crossing of the Pyrenees
Jarama 2007 by Alan Warren in the Morning Star, 14th Feb. 07
Jarama 2007 Bob Doyle's attendance noted.
Bob Doyle's Cork Meeting, 20th Feb. 2007 Added Mar. 25th are reports from Dublin and Dungannon.
Bob Doyle writing on Jarama, 1944
Review of Irish play on SCW Guernica Hotel - Irish SCW play
International Brigade Commemoration Committee - IBMT etc.
Mick O'Riordan Tribute Night in Belfast - Report by Lynda Walker for Unity, Nov. 2006
Lynda Walker reports on the 2006 IBMT AGM
IBCC - press reports
Belfast Film show about Eugene Downing
IBCC Poetry event
IBCC - Press Conference
IBCC fundraiser - a 2005 concert with the Songclub Ernesto Che Guevara
IBMT - AGM, 15/10/5
IBMT - Ryan Commemoration 16/10/05
Irish President meets the veterans
Irish Times reports of IBMT Dublin AGM
IBCC newsletter-No Pasaran - Issue 1
F Ryan Commemoration 2005
IBCC leaflet
Bob Doyles 2006 tour

1930s Local Newspaper Articles

Cork Evening Echo - Extracts on Spanish Civil War 1936-7
Belfast Telegraph - extracts
Belfast Weekly News
Fermanagh Herald
Irish News July-Sept 1936
Irish News Oct-Dec 1936
Irish News Jan-June 1937
Irish News July-Dec 1937
Irish News Jan-June 1938
Irish News July-Dec 1938
Irish Independent
Belfast Newsletter on SCW
Northern Whig 1936
Northern Whig 1937

Later newspaper reports on SCW

Claremen in the SCW a 1996 local history article.
Fascism Then And Now by John Pilger, Morning Star, August 02, 2005, IBMT memorial meeting, London.
The South Belfast Post carried a report, August 2006, on the recent trip to Spain by a number of relatives and others.
The Newsletter carried a report, August 31st 2006, on the planned Belfast plaque unveilng and book launch. Brigadistas veteran, 91, to honour comrades
A collection of articles, letters etc. in the Irish Times, 1994-2005
Volunteers from Derry, Tyrone and Donegal A collection of 6 articles in the Sunday Journal, April-May 2006 by Emmet O'Connor.
Plans for Belfast memorial for SCW dead in the Irish News, July 19th, 2006
SCW memorial plans in the Belfast Telegraph, July 19th, 2006
The Kildare Nationalist carried a report, May 25th 2006, on the recent death of Mick O'Riordan.
News Letter September 3, 2005, Saturday, report on the IBCC plans for a memorial.
Shunned volunteers now seen as heroes in the Irish News, November 02, 2004
Danny Conlon in The News of the World, January 5, 2003
Frank Ryan in the News of the World!
Irish Echo, Irish Post, etc. 1960-1970s
Irish Echo, etc. 1980-1990s
North Belfast News
News of the World - Jack Nalty's death

1930s Irish Lefts on SCW

Name index to 1930s papers I have put links for a lot of these names thru to the relevant article from those papers, but there's a lot more to go in. If anyone comes across a broken link, please let me know. CC, Belfast 20/4/8
C Donnelly:- 3 articles from 1935-6
Left papers - 1930s reports on SCW
The Worker, July-Sept 1936
Worker reports Oct-Dec36
Worker reports - spring 1937
"A rather one sided fight" The Worker and the Spanish Civil War, a document study from Saothar, Vol. 23, 1998.
Irish Democrat Mar-June 1937
Irish Democrat April 1937
Irish Democrat July-Aug. 1937
Irish Democrat Sept-Oct 1937
Irish Democrat Nov-Dec 1937
The Workers Republic 1938

Women and the SCW

Beatrice de Courcey Ireland
Rosario Sanchez Mora (1919-2008): Seamstress, volunteer soldier, teenage war-bride and mother, underground resistance activist and tobacconist. A hero of our time, who while with no Irish links deserves to be commemorated on this site. CC, 22/4/8
Pamela O'Malley (1929-2006)
Seamus Heaney yes that one!! sent a note to the memorial service for Pam O'Malley.
Memorial Service for Pamala O'Malley speech by Manus O'Riordan on behalf of the IBMT.
Salaria Kee 1
Salaria 1975 interview
Salaria Kee 3
International Women's Day
IWD -Lecture on women in Spain
Unity article on IWD and Irish women in Spain

General Material

Kildare and the Spanish Civil War Added, May 27th 2008 James Durney has written a piece on Kildare and the SCW. There is some useful information on the Bandera men from the area, esp. Peter Lawler, with details on the IBers and some non-combatants.
Land and Freedom Added, June 24th 2007 A collection of 6 articles, 3 opposed to the politics of the film (one a press statement by Mick O'Riordan and Peter O'Connor), with 3 supportive pieces.
Added, 17th June 2007Cork and the Spanish Civil War Extract from: Song for a Poor Boy. A Cork childhood, by Patrick Galvin.
My Experiences with the Irish Section of the Lincolns Volunteers, The Volunteer, Vol. XXIII, No.3, Sept. 2001, By David Smith
Ulstermen and the Spanish Civil War An article by C Crossey for a local history journal in 2002 so some of the info may be a bit dated. Added 20th May 2007.
Added, May 13th 2007 Ireland: Monuments to the Connolly Column This article appeared in the Volunteer, newsletter of the American veterans. Check out the Memorial Map to see some of these images.
Fascism Then And Now by John Pilger, Morning Star, August 02, 2005, IBMT memorial meeting, London.
Olympians at War Article on Hilliard, with notes on O'Duffy. Picks up on their participation in the Olympics. Hilliard boxed, O'Duffy was President of the Irish Olympians!
Arthur Thomas Morris article about a Welsh volunteer who is frequently listed as Irish!
New book of poetry by British and Irish volunteers reviewed.
John Pilger on the IBMT
CPI Offices beseiged in 1930s
A German pamphlet on the SCW Ok, this is not about the Irish, but I think it should be drawn to as many peoples attention as possible, CC
Republican Congress - a history
D Bell's dissertation on SCW
Aude Duche's thesis on SCW
Salaria Kee 1
Salaria 1975 interview
Salaria Kee 3
Irish Medics in SCW
Irish Non-Combatants Updated May 30th 2007 with 2 more names