The Irishmen Who Fought in the Last Great Battle Against Spanish Fascism

Murphy, Pauline
Date Written:  2018-08-31
Publisher:  Counterpunch
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23009

An account of the numerous Irishmen who were killed, injured, captured and who simply disappeared while volunteering to fight against the rising fascist tide during the Spanish Civil War.



For the many who were killed in action many more went missing in action or were taken prisoner. One of those was Thomas O'Flatherty from West Kerry. Born in Dingle in 1914, O'Flaherty emigrated to the United States and joined the Communist party. O'Flaherty was a welterweight boxer and his prowess inside the rings was well known across the States where he won a number of bouts and became golden gloves champion in north Carolina. In February 1938 he went to Spain where he became a platoon leader with the International brigades. At the Battle of the Ebro this fighting Irishman was last seen being taken prisoner by Francos fascists and his fate remains unknown.
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