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articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The
Connolly Column was the name given to the Irish volunteers who
fought for the Second Spanish Republic in the International
Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. They were named after James
Connolly, the executed leader of the Irish Citizen Army. They made
up the 15th Brigade, inclusive of the US, British and Latin
American battalions in Spain. On the outbreak of the Spanish Civil
War in July 1936, the Irish Republican and socialist, Peadar
O'Donnell was in Barcelona for the "People's Olympics" - held in
opposition to the Olympic Games being held in Berlin under the Nazi
regime. O'Donnell sympathised with the anarchist workers militia
that defeated the attempted military coup in the city and joined
one of their militias on the Aragon front.
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