"You can go proudly. You are history. You are legend."
(La Pasionaria)

26th September 2019

Spoke too soon !. I am still having some issues editing the site. I will be making updates again soon.

22nd August 2019

I have been having issues editing the site, however they have now been worked around. I will be making updates again soon

20th August 2019

Hilary M Coleman - died, Belfast, October 14th 2017

Hilary M Coleman, my wife and partner died on October 14th 2017.
We were on holiday in the Canaries when on Feb 19th she collapsed and was subsequently diagnosed as terminally ill, brain cancer. Towards the end Hilary was moved into the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast, where the staff did some amazing work to make her comfortable.
So, partially in memory of Hilary, and to support the Marie Curie Hospice, my family are attempting to raise £6,090, the running costs for the hospice for one day. Please help, this is genuine.
Go to Fund the Belfast Marie Curie Hospice for 1 day - £6,090
This website would not have been possible without the political, moral and financial support of Hilary - so please help us in return, it's a good cause.

Upcoming Events - Omeath and Sligo

Hi folks - don't forget the Walk to the Omeath monument, gather at the hotel, 4pm, Sept 8th.

Also there will be a memorial to Ruth Ormesby, the only Irishwoman to die in Spain, unveiled Sept 15th, in Dromore West, near Sligo.

24th August 2018 - You research for years - then something surprising happens

I've been doing this research for over 20 years, thought that between me and Jim Carmody we had the names of those in Spain all nailed down.

So, it was a pleasant surprise to find an Irish Times article about an Irishman I'd never heard of, someone who fought in the Basque Army.

Sam McGrath of Dublin is the man who must get the credit for this. He wrote a longer piece for a pamphlet commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the bombing of Guernika.

He operates a blog called Come Here to Me! Well worth a visit. Blog describes itself as "Come Here To Me! is a group blog that focuses on the life and culture of Dublin city. Music, history, football, politics and pub crawls all feature, along with much more."

In January 2018 I was in Barcelona and went on a walking tour of sites relevant to the Spanish Civil War. It was well worth the money and the time. So, if you're going there, I'd recommend the tour.

New information - another Irish non-participant in Spain

While on the above mentioned tour, and in the excellent book accompanying it, the guide mentioned Loius Mac Neice, the Irish poet - it turns out that MacNeice was in Barcelona for 10 days in December 1938 - more details to follow, CC, 10/1/18

After some discussion on updating the site, I've been encouraged, in other words had my arm twisted - by my daughter, that as well as making an effort to update the site, we should move into the 21st century. So, we now have a fledgling twitter account, with a facebook to follow soon.
So, apologies for the irregular nature of this site in the past year, but I will be making an effort to keep up to date from now to the end of this year. CCrossey, 13/1/17

The intention here is to collect together articles and research on Irish involvement in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39. See the Navigation Menu on your left for links to the four main "Sources" pages. Also the link to the Site Index will bring you to an ordered list of links to all the documents. Most of the photos and images on the site can be viewed by going to the Gallery.

Also you can contact me by going to the Email page or signing the Guestbook.

There should not be any unauthorised commercial use of this material. In those cases where copyright has stayed with the original author, this will be indicated at the particular page, please follow their conditions. They did the hard, original work, so should be credited.

Anyone with additional documents, reports, images, etc. should please pass them them onto me. Thanks, Ciaran Crossey.

Jim Carmody died, London August 3rd 2016

It is with great regret that I report that those researching the International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War have had a big loss.
A short obituary has been written by Richard Baxell, it is available here.
Jim, you were always helpful and patient, a sad loss. Rest in peace

Updates, January 12th 2017 - News of Upcoming Events

  • One of the important things that activists need to be careful of - DON'T BORE THE PUBLIC, droning on all the time!! Not everyone is 100% committed to what we're doing, even though that's hard to believe.
  • So, in that light, the Int Brigade Commemoration Committee is pleased to offer you a chance to see some theatre Black Box, Feb 13th, 2017.

  • This is a great opportunity to mix Art and politics - seeing the case of a British Int Brigader, Clem Beckett, brought to life. He was a motorcycle dare devil rider! Need to know more, come along!

  • One for the Diary - The International Brigade Commemoration Committee AGM and lecture will be in the Falls Rd Library, Belfast, Feb 11th 2017. Topic - 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Jarama - the important Irish role - Speaker Ciaran Crossey (don't let that put you off attending!) - but this will be an open meeting, everyone welcome. 11am start, tea and coffee available.

  • The Charlie Donnelly Winter School - Feb 24-25th. - This is taking place in The Junction, Beechvalley Way, Dungannon
  • There is a draft programme available - the opening talk (on the Friday night) is on The Labour Movement and Left Republicanism in East Tyrone, and is being called the Ben Murray & Joe Boyd Memorial Lecture in honour of two local volunteers.

Belfast memorial on a Belfast summers day!- Belfast August 2015 - Thanks to Brian Curragh

Events 2012-2013

The latest mural to be unveiled will be on Sat 4th May 2013, Inchicore, Dublin. I can't attend, clashes with the Belfast May Day parade, but would encourage everyone who can to attend. Read more about it here.

March 5th 2013

Ben Murray and Charlie Donnelly Commemorations - March 9th

The Friends of Charlie Donnelly - as part of the Friends of the International Brigade Ireland (FIBI)- planned 2 events in Tyrone for March 2013

Coalisland Glass Factory - wreath laying at the Charlie Donnelly Memorial.

Moy Bridge, Aughnacloy, the unveiling of a new memorial for Ben Murray.

Roll of Honour for June-August

This is a Roll of Honour of soldiers from Ireland who died fighting for the Spanish Republic at this time of the year.
Additional Information would be gratefully received.

SurnameFirst nameOriginDied
Donald James DerryJune 1938
KellyJoeRoscommonJuly 1937
Roach Joseph Cless Leeds July 1938
BrowneGeorgeManchester-Kilkenny 6 July 1937
KeenanWilliamBangor via CanadaJuly 1938
GibbonsThomas (Ginger)Ireland6th July 1937
O'Neil Stuart (Paddy) Irish-Canadian, Vancouver 6th July 1937
BurkeThomas County Mayo7th July 1937
DavisWilliamClonaslie, Leix7th July 1937
LaughlinWilliam P Belfast 7th July 1937
KellyM J Ballinasloe, Kilconnel/Galway8th July 1937
HuntVincent JohnCarrick-on-Suir10th July 1937
GlassonPatrick (Harry)Cornwall20th July 1937
BeattieWilliamBelfast25th July 1937
Patterson Jackie (Edward) Belfast via Canada 30th July 1938
JonesJames JohnWexford, Gorey31 July 1938
O'Sullivan Paddy Dublin 31st July 1938
Stranney James (Jimmy) Belfast 31st July 1938
May Christopher Wallasey, Chesire Abt August 1937
Ryan Maurice Emmet Limerick Aug. 1938
Regan Charlie Joseph Toledo, USA 9 August 1937
GuerinEdward JosephLondon-Belgium 25 Aug 1937