23 August 2007 Edition

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Wexford to honour Spanish Civil War hero

On Friday evening 7 September in Monageer Village members of Wexford Sinn Féin will hold the inaugural annual commemoration in honour of Tan War veteran and Spanish Civil War hero, Peter Daly.  From a townland a few miles from Enniscorthy in County Wexford, Peter Daly was a Battalion Commander in the International Brigade when he was fatally injured during an assault to capture Purburell Hill near Quinto in north eastern Spain from the fascists during the Aragón offensive of August 1937.  He died of his wounds on the 6 September in Benicasim Hospital.
Peter Daly was an IRA veteran of the Tan War during which he had been wounded while on active service. He was also wounded twice during the Spanish Civil War – once at Jarama in February and again at Cordoba in April of 1937. He rose from the ranks and was promoted for bravery in the field until he attained the rank of Battalion Commander.  Speaking after Peter died Paddy O’Daire, a Donegal man, who assumed command of the Battalion after Peter said, “Comrade Daly was one of the finest comrades and bravest soldiers I have ever met, and his death is a great blow, not only to our Battalion, but to the Irish republican and working-class movement.”
The Peter Daly Cumann, Sinn Féin based around the areas of Monageer, Oylegate and Glenbrien to the east and south of Enniscorthy are releasing a special edition poster to commemorate Peter Daly.  The proceeds will be used towards the costs of erecting a permanent memorial in the locality to Daly and all the other Irish who died fighting fascism with the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War.

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