For the attention of News Editors: For immediate release 25/03/2004
Relatives and Friends of Waterford International Brigadiers
Launch of Public Subscription Appeal
at Waterford City Hall
Thursday March 25 at 7.30 p.m.
Memorial to the Waterford Volunteers
who fought in defence of the Spanish Republic
Waterford has the distinction of having contributed eleven volunteers to the
ranks of the International Brigade that fought in defence of the Spanish
Republic from 1936 to 1938. Three of them - the Power brothers - came from
one family. And in February 1937 five Waterford men fought in the Battle of
Jarama where one of them, Mossie Quinlan was killed in action.
In 1996 one of those volunteers, a former Councillor on Waterford
Corporation, the late Peter O'Connor, recounted their courageous stand in
his reminiscences "A Soldier of Liberty". A committee has now been formed so
that Waterford City itself can pay tribute to these men in the form of a
fitting Memorial. The Committee is chaired by Waterford playwright Jim Nolan
and its Honorary Secretary is Councillor Seamus Ryan. Waterford City Council
has already unanimously approved the use of the public space area in front
of the City Engineer’s offices on the Mall for the Memorial. And the
sculptor Michael Warren has agreed to design a contemporary piece of
sculpture made from Spanish granite. In order to fund this project the
Relatives and Friends of Waterford International Brigaders have opened an
account at Allied Irish Banks, Waterford. The Account Number is 77000030
and the Sort Code is 93-41-19. Subscriptions from individuals and
organisations are kindly requested.
Waterford is particularly fortunate that the chosen sculptor is the
internationally renowned Michael Warren from Gorey, Co. Wexford, a member of
Aosdana, whose distinctions also include the Decoration of Cultural Merit
awarded by Ecuador and Madrid's Medalla al Merito Artistico. With his
sculptures on display from Latin America to Japan as well as throughout
Europe, his many works in Ireland itself include the acclaimed Tulach a'
tSolais Memorial to the 1798 Rebellion at Oulart, Co. Wexford.
This Thursday, March 25, at 7.30pm in the Large Room of Waterford City Hall,
the Public Subscription Appeal for this Memorial will be officially
launched. The sculptor Michael Warren himself will be present, as will 86
year old Michael O'Riordan, now one of only two surviving Irish
International Brigaders, who was a comrade-in-arms of the Waterford
volunteers who are being honoured.
For further information: Hon. Secretary Treasurer, Seamus Ryan,
4 Ursuline Court, Waterford. Tel: 087 6805314;
Sean Kelly, 087-2843375; Manus O'Riordan, 087-6784727
The above press release was in respect of a very sucessful meeting held in
Waterford which is now working towards unveiling this memorial on Friday
Manus O'Riordan (email@example.com)
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