Vive La Quinte Brigada
Christy Moore Lyrics


Ten years before I saw the light of morning
A comradeship of heroes was laid
From every corner of the world came sailing
The Fifth International Brigade

They came to stand beside the Spanish people
To try and stem the rising fascist tide
Franco's allies were the powerful and wealthy
Frank Ryan's men came from the other side
Even the olives were bleeding
As the battle for Madrid it thundered on
Truth and love against the force of evil
Brotherhood against the fascist clan

Viva la Quinta Brigada
"No Pasaran", the pledge that made them fight
"Adelante" is the cry around the hillside
Let us all remember them tonight

Bob Hilliard was a Church of Ireland pastor
Form Killarney across the Pyrenees he came
From Derry came a brave young Christian Brother
Side by side they fought and died in Spain

Tommy Woods age seventeen died in Cordoba
With Na Fianna he learned to hold his gun
From Dublin to the Villa del Rio
Where he fought and died beneath the blazing sun

Viva la Quinta Brigada
"No Pasaran", the pledge that made them fight
"Adelante" is the cry around the hillside
Let us all remember them tonight

Many Irishmen heard the call of Franco
Joined Hitler and Mussolini too
Propaganda from the pulpit and newspapers
Helped O'Duffy to enlist his crew

The word came from Maynooth, "support the Nazis"
The men of cloth failed again
When the Bishops blessed the Blueshirts in Dun Laoghaire
As they sailed beneath the swastika to Spain

Viva la Quinta Brigada
"No Pasaran", the pledge that made them fight
"Adelante" is the cry around the hillside
Let us all remember them tonight

This song is a tribute to Frank Ryan
Kit Conway and Dinny Coady too
Peter Daly, Charlie Regan and Hugh Bonar
Though many died I can but name a few

Danny Boyle, Blaser-Brown and Charlie Donnelly
Liam Tumilson and Jim Straney from the Falls
Jack Nalty, Tommy Patton and Frank Conroy
Jim Foley, Tony Fox and Dick O'Neill

Viva la Quinta Brigada
"No Pasaran", the pledge that made them fight
"Adelante" is the cry around the hillside
Let us all remember them tonight

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Alberto Amarilla Pérez

Eternal thanks to the brave Irish who fought in our Civil War against fascism ... you will always be in our hearts , along with the thousands of volunteers who fought for a better world ... Long live the International Brigades ! Viva la República!

ingenuitas

@time 4 Change Attacks on churches and objects of holy devotion were evidently amusing to the chief of the Spanish government in the spring of 1936, a matter for joking rather than action. The generals in the Spanish army loved their country more than their government. This is why the Spanish Civil war happened.

time 4 Change

@ingenuitas Right wing fascist bullsh*t. Try reading the history books that are not written by a biased right wing. Open your eyes but I doubt it !
One word Guernica !!!!!!!!!!!!!

leather accessories

@Rory O Brien hey dude! let it be what you say, 700, but those 700 put their lives in the wilderness, so don't be an idiot to minimize the risk to which those Irish and Scottish heroes were exposed, you are too idiotic to realize the sacrifice of those people

TheNinyo 77

​@ingenuitas arghhh give your head a wobble man ffs !!!! The church was the biggest oppressive regime of the day , losing ground now ,they'll never regain .

John Broadley

Is it time to rise again?, The right are winning and ruling, the knuckle draggers are guarding the monuments!!

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Ai Sa

From Spain, eternal glory and honour to the international brigades
Viva la quinta brigada!! Viva la Republica!! Viva Irlanda!!

Oscar Di Piazza

MI OAIS ARGENTINA TAMBIRM ENVIO BRIGADISTAS EN AYUDA DE LA REPUBLICA .
VIVA IRLANDA!, VIVA EL ALTE.BROWN!!. VIVA ARGENTINA!!

Gary Johnston

Viva la Republic! I

Martin Drennan

@Rand Al'thor sadly that’s the truth! No pasaran ❤️

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