Even The Olives Are Bleeding
2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish
Civil War, a war which idealists and radicals from around
the world volunteered to fight in the defence of the Republic.
6 such men left North Louth never to return with 3
dying at Jarama during the Defence of Madrid and the
Republic in February 1937 against Franco's army.
To remember these 6 local men and to explore their backrounds,
their motivations and ultimately their sacrifice, The
Friends of the International Brigade (FIBI) are hosting
a day long event in the Spirit Store in Dundalk on March
25th starting at 2pm.
The afternoon session will include contributions from
such noted historians as Harry Owens, Manus O Riordan
and Brian Hanley.
Thre will be a concert on Saturday night at 7.30pm,
featuring the poetry and stories of Charlie Donnelly,
as well as the music of Scottish Singer Calum Baird,
a singer who is deeply influenced by the struggle against
facism today and in the past.
At 9 pm a half hour Spanish film/Drama on the Battle
of Jarama will be screened.
Broadcaster Eileen Corcoran and singer Mark Corcoran,
both relatives through marriage of Charlie Donnelly
will recite his work and give a family perspective on
Find out more about the North Louth volunteers, Archie
Dolan,a son for a former Chairman of Louth County Council,
poet Charlie Donnelly, Francis O Brien Duffy , Bert
Mc Elroy Alex Madero all Dundalk, and Andrew Delaney
Free Exhibition also on display Saturday and Sunday
All day ticket 10 euro or 5 euro per session.