Sunday, 20th May 2018
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The Annual wreath laying ceremony commemorating the 11 Waterford men who went to fight in defence of the Spanish Republic in the ranks of the 15th International Brigade, will take place at 5pm on Tuesday 1st May next. The wreaths will be laid at the Spanish Civil War memorial adjacent to the Bishop's Palace Museum, Waterford by relatives of the men.

Eleven young men from Waterford were amongst the 145 Irish men who answered the call to defend the Spanish Republic. Along with many other young men from around the world they flocked to the defence of the Spanish Republic in 1936. Approximately 40,000 men joined the International Brigade, of whom 5,000 died in battle.. The Waterford men who went to Spain were:

Maurice Quinlan; The Power Brothers: Johnny, Paddy and Willie; Jackie Lemmon; Jackie Hunt; John Kelly; John O'Shea; Frank Edwards; Peter O'Connor; Harry Kennedy

This event will be followed by an evening of music and spoken word at 6pm at the The Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms, 2 Georges Street Waterford.

This event is organised by family and friends of the men who joined the fight against Fascism in Spain. All are welcome - No Pasaran!


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