From Suir to Jarama
By Liam Cahill
‘A wonderful, beautifully written and important book’
John MacKenna (Writer and Broadcaster)
‘From Suir to Jarama’ is more than a history book. It vividly tells the story of a young man, his family and a war, and how they are connected.
Hear the high velocity bullets as they whiz past you, the frightening rattle of machine guns, the heavy rumble of approaching tanks and the whine of enemy aircraft overhead. Hear the surprised and anguished cries of your comrades as they fall around you, dead or badly wounded.
This is Spain, 1937. The Spanish Civil War.
Aided by Hitler and Mussolini with troops, tanks and planes, General Francisco Franco leads a rebellion to destroy the progressive reforms of a democratic government and to instal a Fascist dictatorship. The government is defeated and the unequal struggle is a dress rehearsal for the horrors that soon follow in World War Two.
From all over the world, idealistic young men and women flock to the banners of the International Brigades to help the Spanish workers and peasants defend their freedom and democracy.
‘From Suir to Jarama’ follows the story of a young Irish volunteer, Mossie Quinlan, during his eighty-three days in Spain. Travel into the country undercover with him, train, eat, sleep and fight with him, until his heroic death in the great Battle of Jarama, just outside Madrid.
Learn about Mossie’s life and the ideals that brought him from Ireland to the gore of a Spanish battlefield. And ask yourself: When heroes die, do they take a big piece of their family’s life with them?
‘From Suir to Jarama’ is beautifully illustrated, with comprehensive source materials listed and a full index. €10. 126 pages.
Liam Cahill writes extensively on Irish labour history and contemporary issues. He is a lifelong trade unionist and has held many representative positions in the Labour movement from branch to national level. A former Industrial Reporter, Economics Correspondent and Political Correspondent with RTÉ, Ireland’s public broadcaster, he has worked as a public servant and as adviser in government, politics, the private sector and with campaign groups. He founded and, for many years, edited a popular web site ‘An Fear Rua – The GAA Unplugged!’ and is currently an active and influential presence for progressive values on social media. In 2017, he completed the Certificate in Creative Writing from Maynooth University. Liam has just released his second book ‘From Suir to Jarama, Mossie Quinlan's Life and Legacy'. He is the author of ‘Forgotten Revolution, The Limerick Soviet 1919’ (O’Brien Press, 1990) and ‘Forgotten Revolution, The Limerick Soviet 1919 [Centenary Edition] (Orla Kelly Publishing, 2019).
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