Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Commemorative Magazine: 'Gernika 80 - Then and Now: 80 Years of Basque-Irish anti fascist struggles'

The 80th anniversary of the fascist bombing of the Basque town of Gernika, immortalised in the painting by Pablo Picasso, was marked in Dublin in April 2017 during a series of events in Dublin organised by the Gernika 80 Committee. The IPSC was one of the sponsors of the events, which included the publication of a special commemorative magazine entitled “Gernika 80 – Then and Now: 80 Years of Basque-Irish anti fascist struggles”.

We are offering a limited number of these collectors’ magazines for sale. The 40-page  commemorative magazine includes articles on the history of the bombing and of its legacy, the story of Basque refugees, in particular the Gallastegi family from Bilbao who settled in Ireland after the bombing. It also covers politics in Ireland of the 1930s and the fight against fascism here, as well as the visit of Basque priest Ramon Laborda in 1937 to tell the Irish people of the suffering of the Basques and to counter pro fascist propaganda.

There is the untold story of Jack Prendergast — the only known Irish person to fight with the Basque Army against Franco’s fascists and an article on the murky underworld of the Catholic far right in Ireland. The magazine also features an interview with Basque trade union activist and feminist Marian Verde who tells her experiences of the dark days of the Franco dictatorship and of repression in the post Franco era. Finally, there are short pieces on Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, the Astra Centre, the Tree of Gernika, and art and Gernika.

Published 2017

You can read more about the Gernika 80 project here.


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