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Michael O'Riordan, 1917-2006


cllr

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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.
 

EastGalway

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

- Michael O'Riordan, 1917-2006
 

ryano

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

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

cllr

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ryano said:
EastGalway said:
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
 

michaelturley

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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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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
 

Seán a' Chóta

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Johnny said:
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.
 

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Re: RIP Michael

Comrád Ó Dubhláin said:
A hero to all who believe in freedom, democracy and socialism.
Eh, wasn't he a stalinist?
 
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Michael O'Riordan's death marks a sad day but his legacy will be in those who take on the challenges laid down by the inspirational Connolly Column, part of the famed Fifteenth International brigade, La Quinta Brigada. All those who strive for a better, fairer, more equal world must never forget their heroic fight against fascism.

"Viva La Quinte Brigada,
¡No Paseran! the pledge that made them fight
¡Adelante! is the cry around the hillside,
Let us all remember them tonight."

Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.
 

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Re: RIP Michael

CJH said:
Comrád Ó Dubhláin said:
A hero to all who believe in freedom, democracy and socialism.
Eh, wasn't he a stalinist?
Yes and an unrepentant one too. He was admirably honest about it. I remember Vincent Browne did a very interesting interview with him a number of years ago. During it, O'Riordan said that the Hungarian uprising of 1956 was "fascist", this presumably explains why Ferenc Puskas signed for Real Madrid! He also implied that the Prague Spring of 1968 was the revolt of spoilt consumerists, who were bored by their affluence! (Ho Chi Quinn?)

I find Cain's dewy eyed epitaph ironic, considering that in a different thread he dismissed the supremely intelligent and perceptive historian Eric Hobsbawm for being a "Stalinist" historian!
 

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Indeed. I wonder would Enda Kenny deliver a similar tribute to an Irish veteran of O'Duffy's brigade who was known for his defence of Hitler's racial hygiene?
 

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ON THE ONE ROAD said:
any news on funeral arangements?
12:30 at Glasnevin.
 

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Re: RIP Michael

DSCH said:
CJH said:
Comrád Ó Dubhláin said:
A hero to all who believe in freedom, democracy and socialism.
Eh, wasn't he a stalinist?
Yes and an unrepentant one too. He was admirably honest about it. I remember Vincent Browne did a very interesting interview with him a number of years ago. During it, O'Riordan said that the Hungarian uprising of 1956 was "fascist", this presumably explains why Ferenc Puskas signed for Real Madrid! He also implied that the Prague Spring of 1968 was the revolt of spoilt consumerists, who were bored by their affluence! (Ho Chi Quinn?)

I find Cain's dewy eyed epitaph ironic, considering that in a different thread he dismissed the supremely intelligent and perceptive historian Eric Hobsbawm for being a "Stalinist" historian!
I'm truly sorry that he's dead but it's hard to think of anyone more comprehensively on the wrong side of recent history. And the party he belonged to was so ineffective that it took Republican Nationalism to set up two and a half parties with a marxist direction (OSF, IRSP and latterly PSF) and Trotskyism to come up with another (SP).
 

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Resurrection.. if not of O'Riordan then of the thread

Just saw this clip on the rather excellent Come Here To Me blog

Picked from the RTE archives, great piece of our social history.. took a brave man to proclaim himself a communist in Ireland 50 years ago:

[video]http://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/688-elections/691-general-election-1973/139425-election-1973/[/video]
 

cathalbrugha

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Resurrection.. if not of O'Riordan then of the thread

Just saw this clip on the rather excellent Come Here To Me blog

Picked from the RTE archives, great piece of our social history.. took a brave man to proclaim himself a communist in Ireland 50 years ago:

[video]http://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/688-elections/691-general-election-1973/139425-election-1973/[/video]
I had a look at the photo of him with the speaker in his hand. There's a question underneath. The answer to the question iinm is Bride Street Labour Exchange.
 

mary_queen_of_the_gael

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Resurrection.. if not of O'Riordan then of the thread

Just saw this clip on the rather excellent Come Here To Me blog

Picked from the RTE archives, great piece of our social history.. took a brave man to proclaim himself a communist in Ireland 50 years ago:

[video]http://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/688-elections/691-general-election-1973/139425-election-1973/[/video]

O'Riordan was probably a bit touched. His wife was a fervent RC. Being the KGB's man in Ireland probably made him feel important and he was probably brain washed in Spain.
The link was good. I watched the Cosgrave clip. He referred to Mrs O'Rourke. Surely not Mary mammy? I ask as the clip is an old one, Cosgrave is in his 90s and Mrs O'Rourke...
 

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Eh, wasn't he a stalinist?

Indeed he was. He was also responsible for having the CPI overturn its original criticism of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. That took place in 1975. You will also search in vain the CPI website for any mention of the Irish Communists murdered by the Stalinists.
 
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