To celebrate an Irish input into Spanish Civil War once again Fadó presented a historical on-street production to recall all of these young men who were born and raised in working class Waterford. They were not willing to simply talk about freedom, they were willing to defend it. The Spanish Civil War was fought between the Republicans, who were loyal to the established Spanish republic, and the Nationalists, a rebel group led by General Francisco Franco. The Nationalists prevailed and Franco would rule Spain for the next 36 years.
The celebrated Republican orator, La Pasionaria, told the International Brigaders: “You are history. You are legend”
“Between 1936 and 1939 over 45000 men and women from fifty four coutries arrived in Spain to volunteer for the Republican forces. They formed La Quince Brigada – The Fifteenth International Brigade. Almost two hundred of those volunteers came from Ireland. Eleven of those came from Waterford. They were:
Frank Edwards – Barrack Street
Jackie Hunt – New Street
Johnny Kelly – Barrack Street
Harry Kennedy – Cooke Lane
Jackie Lemon – Olaf Street
Peter O’Connor – Poleberry and Parnell Street
John O’Shea – Kilmeaden
Johnny Power – Newtown
Paddy Power – Newtown
Willie Power – Newtown
Mossie Quinlan – South Parade”
[left to right, standing] Peter O’Connor (Waterford), P. McEvoy (Dublin), Johnnie Power (Waterford), [seated] W. Garland (USA), John Hunt (Waterford), 2 February 1937, four days before the Nationalist offensive at Jarama.