Meeting to discuss memorial for war veteran

Meeting to discuss memorial for war veteran

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A meeting will take place in Ennis later this month where a proposal to erect a plaque to an Ennis man died during the Spanish Civil War will be discussed.

The event will be hosted by the Clare International Brigades Commemorative Collective, an organisation set up under the auspices of the Clare Council of Trade Unions to research and commemorate the role of Clare people who fought with the XV International Brigade during the Spanish Civil war.

The committee proposes to unveil a plaque in honour of one such as Ennis man Michael Russell in February 2017.

Michael Russell joined the International Brigade in its fight with the Republican side against Franco’s Nationalist Army during the 1936-39 conflict.

In February 1937, Michael Russell died in action at the Battle of Jarama, one of the bloodiest battles of the Spanish Civil War.

A public meeting planned for Kelly’s bar on Carmody Street Ennis on Friday 21 October at 8pm.

Guest speaker will be Ger McCloskey who will give a brief outline on the history of the International Brigades and following that there will be an opportunity to share stories and hopefully unearth some local knowledge about International Brigader Michael Russell from Simms Lane, Ennis.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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