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    Default Michael O'Riordan, 1917-2006

    I have just heard the sad news of the death of Michael O'Riordain. Whatever about the various differences on the Left Michael was a towering presence, a man oif immense Political and Personal courage. Very early in my time as a Dublin City Councillor I got agreement that the Council would hold a formal Civic Reception for the surviving members of the Interntaional Brigade to make up for the disgraceful way the City treated them when they returned form Spain in contrast with the heroes reception afforded to the Blueshirts.
    and Fascists.

    Michaels speech on that occasion was a model. He was a man I hugely liked and admired. His likes will seldom be seen again.

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    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam cróga. Very sad news and a huge loss. A man of iconic political principle and bravery.

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    A true giant of Irish revolutionary politics. Former IRA Volunteer, leading light of the Communist Party of Ireland, XV International Brigade Volunteer wounded on the Ebro, Curragh internee, Gaelic and trade union activist and an inspiration to generations on the Irish left.

    Then come comrades rally
    And the last fight let us face
    The Internationale
    Unites the human race.

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    His name was Michael O'Riordan so I suggest the thread be renamed

    - Michael O'Riordan, 1917-2006

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastGalway
    His name was Michael O'Riordan so I suggest the thread be renamed

    - Michael O'Riordan, 1917-2006
    Good idea - I have done so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryano
    Quote Originally Posted by EastGalway
    His name was Michael O'Riordan so I suggest the thread be renamed

    - Michael O'Riordan, 1917-2006
    Good idea - I have done so.
    apologies there the extra i slipped in my original post

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    What does everyone think of Anthony Beevors Spanish Civil War book? I found it fascinating but a part of me was a little disappointed that the author seems to think that the Irish contribution was negligble and perhaps even a source for grim humour.

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    any news on funeral arangements?

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    Default RIP Michael

    A hero to all who believe in freedom, democracy and socialism. He fought intellectually and physically for the rights of the downtrodden and oppressed, losing many comrades and sacrificing much of himself in the struggle. An inspiration to the irish left, no matter what disagreement on certain issues we all might of had. He will be missed
    "Our Revenge Will Be The Laughter Of Our Children" - Bobby Sands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny
    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam cróga.
    Is deacair dom a shamhlú go mbeadh Mick "ar dheis" éinne - ach tuigim an rud ata i gceist agat ...

    Shabháil sé féin agus a chomrádaithe clú na hÉireann sna 1930í is ní dhéanfar dearmad orthu go brách.
    Seán a' Chóta
    "Níl ach líon beag fear ar aithne againn, agus líon mór cótaí is brístí." Thoreau

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