Friends of Charlie Donnelly Benefit Night: Friday January 29, Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square Dublin 8pm
Jan 22nd, 2010 by Conor McCabe
There’s a Valley in Spain called Jarama,
It’s a place that we all know so well,
It is there that we gave of our manhood,
And so many of our brave comrades fell.”
Among the heavy casualties taken by the poorly-equipped Republicans in the bloody battle at Jarama to save Madrid from Franco’s fascist army in February 1937 was Charlie Donnelly, the young poet whose remains lie in an unmarked grave near where he died.
On February 27 – 73 years to the day after he fell shortly after uttering the immortal line “Even the olives are bleeding”, the Friends of Charlie Donnelly will gather at the site of the battle to erect a cairn to his memory and to the memory of all those from the famed ‘Connolly Column’ who gave so much to defend the rights of the Spanish people.
The cairn, which will be built by The Friends of Charlie Donnelly, will consist of stones taken from the 32 counties of Ireland to symbolise the unity of purpose of those who died in common cause in the fight against tyranny.
Despite battling seemingly insuperable odds, at Jarama the Republicans fought the fascists to a stalemate – a victory in itself considering the forces stacked against them.
To help defray the cost of the memorial cairn, a benefit night will take place on Friday January 29 at 8pm in the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin. Tickets are priced at €8 at the door and can also be reserved in advance.
The night will comprise music, poetry and song but, more importantly, it will give like-minded people who appreciate the continuing significance of the Spanish War of 1936-9, an opportunity to meet up, have the craic and celebrate the spirit and legacy of people such as Charlie Donnelly.
For further details or to reserve tickets beforehand, contact:
087 271 2864 (m)