Irish civilian living in Ireland 1916-1932. Soldier with 1st Bn, Irish Republican Army and member of Republican Congress in Ireland c1932-1936. Served with Merchant Navy in GB and Spain, 1/1937-8/1937. Served with Machine-Gun Coy, British Bn, 15th International Bde in Spain, c10/1937-3/1938; POW in Spain, 3/1938-2/1939.
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REEL 1 Background in Dublin, 1916-1932: being placed in orphanage; employment conditions in Ireland, 1932; story of attending Jesuit talk at Dublin cathedral and burning of Connolly House; background to involvement in Republican movement including Blueshirt presence, reaction to social and economic conditions; background to IRA split. Decision to fight in Spain, 1936-1939: effects of non-intervention; attempts to get to Spain; becoming merchant seaman and journey to Spain; recruitment to International Brigade via Professor Haldane at Communist Party HQ; journey to Spain. Aspects of capture of unit at Calaceite, 31/3/1938: interrogation in church by Italian soldiers; release, 5/1939. Plays recording of song 'Viva La Quita Brigada' about Irish International Brigaders.
REEL 2 Continues: attitude towards criticising Ireland's role in Spanish Civil War; aspects of suppression of striking miners in Asturias during 1934; (incomplete)