Date 18th May 2006
PRESS RELEASE:- The passing of Micheál O'Ríordán
The International Brigades Commemoration Committee notes with deep sadness
and regret the passing, this morning, of Micheál O'Ríordán, veteran of the
International Brigade, and former General Secretary of the Communist Party
In 1938, Micheál went to fight fascism in Spain with the XVth International
Brigade. He received a citation for particularly outstanding bravery under
fire during fighting on the Ebro front where he was wounded in action.
A leading figure in the fight for social justice Micheál will be missed by
many in the Labour movement. He was also the author of ‘The Connolly Column,
The story of the Irishmen who fought for the Spanish Republic, 1936-1939’, a
second edition of which was recently relaunched.
The IBCC had hoped that Micheál would have been present for the unveiling of
the sculpture in Belfast commemorating the International Brigades later in
the year. Given today’s sad news this event will be all the more poignant.
On behalf of the IBCC we would lke to extend to Micheál’s family, comrades
and friends our heartfelt sympathy for their loss.
'You can go proudly. You are history. You are legend. You are the heroic
example of democracy's solidarity and universality, in face of the shameful,
'accommodating' spirit of those who interpret democratic principles with
their eyes on the hords of wealth or the industrial shares which they want
to preserve from any risk.
We shall not forget you.'
Dolores Ibarruri (La Passionaria)
The funeral will be held on Saturday at 12.30pm in Glasnevin Cemetary,
A collection of interviews and articles about Mick
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