‘Irish citizens of Basque Origin’. (video)

Ireland’s Basque refugees during the Spanish Civil War.

A very interesting talk on Ireland’s Basque refugees during the Spanish Civil War was given by Stewart Reddin at Ubh café in Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Saturday, June 16 as part of June Fest.  The cafe was packed out for the talk, with part of the audience having to stand on the stairs.

In his talk Stewart told the extraordinary story of Ireland’s Basque refugees and one man in particular Iker Gallastegi. Who survived two dictatorships, lived in Mexico as a child refugee just months after being born, returned home at five years of age only to be forced to flee again as a ten year old following the fascist bombing of  Gernika.He lived in Ireland as a refugee from 1937 to the 1950s. Iker Passed away on 12th February 2018 peacefully at his home in Algorta aged 91.

 

 

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