Fighting Fascism: the Irish at the Battle of Cordoba

Murphy, Pauline
Date Written:  2017-01-20
Publisher:  Counterpunch
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20304

A history of the role played by Irish citizens who enlisted to fight against General Franco's fascist forces in Spain in 1936.



The Irishmen who enlisted to fight against Franco's fascists came from all walks of life. Some were farmers and labourers, others were students and teachers but they all held left wing values and republican ideals which were severely threatened by Franco's coup in Spain.


Days before his death , Wood wrote a letter to his mother in which he informed her the fight in Spain was 'not a religious war' and that they were 'going out to fight for the working class'. Wood came from a family steeped in the Republican tradition, he was a member of the IRA youth wing Na Fianna from the age of 7.

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