Peadar O’Donnell Recalls Fellow Activist Frank Ryan 1979

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Peadar O’Donnell Recalls Fellow Activist Frank Ryan1979



In 1936 Irish Republican leader Frank Ryan left Ireland to fight in the International Brigade in support of the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War.
Irish republican, socialist activist, politician and writer Peadar O’Donnell speaks to reporter Joe Little on ‘Day By Day’ about his memories of Frank Ryan.
Peadar O’Donnell describes Frank Ryan’s empathy with the oppressed.
Frank Ryan had identified that Ireland’s role, or Ireland’s struggle for independence was part of the world’s struggle of subject nations and oppressed peoples.​
O’Donnell also discusses Ryan’s time in Spain during the Civil War and his role as an international representative.
Returning from Spain in 1937 Frank Ryan stood in the general election sharing a platform with Jim Larkin but only won 875 votes. He returned to Spain in 1938, was captured and sentenced to death.
A broad front was formed, including many of his political opponents, to save him from the death sentence. Frank Ryan was popular figure in the language revival movement and more gained the support of Éamon de Valera, who intervened on his behalf. While he did garner support, there were also a number of representations made to General Franco to shoot him. ]
However, Ryan avoid the firing squad and was delivered to the German authorities along the Spanish border. Frank Ryan died in Dresden under the Nazi regime in June 1944.
This episode of ‘Day By Day’ presented by Joe Little was broadcast on 22 June 1979.

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Peader O'Donnell was strongly oppossed to the Treaty but he was also a major force in trying to curtail the tribalist violence in the Northern Campaign during the Tan War. Also he was in my opinion a better novelist than Joyce. Apparently he was once giving out about emigration and Dev said to him "Peader if you were in charge people still would leaving" to which he quipped "Ah but Dev they would different people". A true son of Ulster. RIP.
 

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That generation of Republicans were amazing people. They had no interest in personal fortune - or even in saving their own lives. They dedicated their hearts to Ireland completely, while at the same time knowing that they were part of a struggle for the dignity of all humanity. I remember my father telling me about Seán "Jack" MacNeela from Ballycroy in County Mayo. He used to cycle to IRA meetings in County Meath, and then cycle home to Mayo afterwards. In 1940, he was sentenced to two years in prison for setting up an Irish Republican radio station. He went on hunger strike for political status, and died after 55 days on the 19th of April 1940. It's hard to even imagine such men today in this Dictatorship of the Gombeen.
 
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That generation of Republicans were amazing people. They had no interest in personal fortune - or even in saving their own lives. They dedicated their hearts to Ireland completely, while at the same time knowing that they were part of a struggle for the dignity of all humanity. I remember my father telling me about Seán "Jack" MacNeela from Ballycroy in County Mayo. He used to cycle to IRA meetings in County Meath, and then cycle home to Mayo afterwards. In 1940, he was sentenced to two years in prison for setting up an Irish Republican radio station. He went on hunger strike for political status, and died after 55 days on the 19th of April 1940. It's hard to even imagine such men today in this Dictatorship of the Gombeen.
Have you read Francis Stuart's broadcasts from Germany that were published by Liliput Press which is a Freemasonic operation in order to condemn him? You will stuff in there that roc_ w0uld consider antisemitic but you wont find anything I would consider sinfully so. However you will find a very deep and heart felt love for Ireland that would put to shame any one who wasnt a rootless cosmopolitian.

The Wartime Broadcasts of Francis Stuart 1942- 1944 - The Lilliput Press

Peader O'Donnell, Francis Stuart and Liam O'Flaherty are Ireland's literary greats and not Joyce and the child abuser Wilde (who wasnt even Irish).
 

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Have you read Francis Stuart's broadcasts from Germany that were published by Liliput Press which is a Freemasonic operation in order to condemn him? You will stuff in there that roc_ w0uld consider antisemitic but you wont find anything I would consider sinfully so. However you will find a very deep and heart felt love for Ireland that would put to shame any one who wasnt a rootless cosmopolitian.

The Wartime Broadcasts of Francis Stuart 1942- 1944 - The Lilliput Press

Peader O'Donnell, Francis Stuart and Liam O'Flaherty are Ireland's literary greats and not Joyce and the child abuser Wilde (who wasnt even Irish).

No a chara, I haven't read them, but the very first time I saw Francis Stuart interviewed I knew from just the way he spoke that he was the very cream of the Irish nation. He was precisely what the Dictatorship of the Gombeen was set up to suppress.