Tuesday, 19 July 2011

75th anniversary of the Spanish Revolution

Today, July 19th marks the 75th anniversary of the Spanish Revolution and the international fight against fascism in 1936. Many countries across the world will be remembering today’s date, seventy-five years on since that summer when the workers took to the streets of Spain, in celebration and of course reflection.

Here in Ireland many will salute the sacrifice made by the Irish volunteers, an estimated 240 of them who fought during that period in their role as part of the international brigades.  From the North West alone twenty-four volunteers are said to have left these shores to assist the unfolding revolution in Spain. 

In the coming months, the North West Spanish Civil War Project, which was set up a number of years ago now to remember those who participated in the conflict which lasted from 1936 to 1939, will begin a series of events to mark the occasion.  Details of these events will be added here as dates are confirmed.