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RTÉ’s 1976 documentary on Irish involvement in the Spanish Civil War December 5, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in History, Irish History.

The description is as follows…

RTÉ’s 1976 documentary on Irish involvement in the Spanish Civil War (Spanish Anti-Fascist War, 1936-1939). Presented and produced by Cathal O’Shannon.
Features contributions from Irishmen who fought for the International Brigades on the Republican side and those who travelled with Blueshirt Eoin O’Duffy’s Irish Brigade to support Franco and fascism.
Documentary title inspired by poet Charlie Donnelly, who remarked that ‘even the olives are bleeding’ shortly before he died fighting for the Republic at the Battle of Jarama in 1938.
Includes interviews with my grandfather Michael O’Riordan as well as many of his great comrades, including Bob Doyle.


1. EamonnCork - December 5, 2013

Excellent IEL. Fair play as usual. One of the best things RTE ever made.


Bob Smiles - December 6, 2013

They don’t make them like that anymore


2. Roasted Snow - December 7, 2013

Thanks for posting this. Learnt loads.


3. EamonnCork - December 7, 2013

Michael O’Riordan’s Connolly Column is a very good companion to this. Don’t know how easy it is to get these days though Connolly Books might know where there are copies.


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