Thursday, November 04, 2021

Former RTÉ journalist, Liam Cahill, in a ground breaking new book on the Spanish Civil War, highlights the crucial role played by Irish officers and volunteers in one of the most important battles, at Jarama, outside Madrid, in February 1937. Photo: Barry Cronin
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A GROUND breaking new book on the Spanish Civil War, by Waterford born writer and historian, Liam Cahill, highlights the crucial role of volunteers from both parts of Ireland in one of the most important battles of the Spanish Civil War, at Jarama, outside Madrid, in February 1937.

‘From Suir to Jarama’ looks at the Irish involvement on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War through the life and fate of a young Irish volunteer. 

The writer and broadcaster, John MacKenna, described it as “a wonderful, beautifully written and important book” with Metropolitan Mayor Seamus Ryan (Lab) stating: “This is a story that needs to be told.” 

The book tells the story of Mossie Quinlan, a member of a prominent political and business family in Waterford, who was an infantry soldier in the British Battalion of the 15th International Brigade and who fought and died at Jarama. A sniper shot him while he was rescuing a wounded comrade.

The book, published by Orla Kelly Publications, Cork is priced at €10 (£9) and is in major book shops – including The Book Centre in Waterford, Bargain Books in Kilkenny along with Red Books and O’Brien Books in Wexford.

Front cover of ‘From Suir to Jarama’, former RTÉ journalist, Liam Cahill’s ground breaking new book on the Spanish Civil War, highlighting the crucial role played by Irish officers and volunteers in one of the most important battles, at Jarama, outside Madrid, in February 1937.
The book is published by Orla Kelly Publications, Cork. Priced at €10, it will be on sale in major book shops in every county. Signed copies can be ordered online from BuyTheBook.IE, a community of self-published Irish authors at www.buythebook.ie/liamcahill

It can also be ordered online from BuyTheBook.IE, a community of self-published Irish authors at www.buythebook.ie/liamcahill, Books.ie and TheBookshop.ie

Eighteen volunteers from Ireland, North and South were killed at Jarama and they are buried in a communal grave in the nearby town of Morata de Tajuna. 

Liam Cahill’s last book ‘Forgotten Revolution, The Limerick Soviet 1919’ was an acclaimed study of the critical role of organised workers during the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War.

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