Bob Doyle died this week. He was the last of the Irish volunteers who went to fight in Spain against fascism. Indymedia in Ireland has some interesting remarks, photos and videos, including of his last interview, of Doyle here. There is rarely a mention when these old heroes die of the perfidious role of Stalinism in the Spanish revolution. That is not for the here and now, but it should be noted.
As I have sat here most of the weekend hovering under a blanket and drinking warm beverages to hold back the aches and shakes of the flu I watched and read of Doyle’s life. One video of a recent unveiling of a Internacionalista monument in Belfast where Doyle was present included a rendition of the Internationale in Irish. I had never heard it in Irish before and it made me search out other relatively obscure renditions.
So here’s a few- for Bob Doyle who remained an activist his entire life, for the genuine internationalists who fought and died in Spain and for the present internationalists organizing around Gaza and so much else. Some of these are downright strange, some are strangely wonderful and some are just wonderful. We are a world movement comrades and let’s not forget it!
A stadium rock version by the Chinese metal band “Tang Dynasty”!
A Japanese version…maybe by the Chipmunks?
The version in Irish from the Belfast unveiling song by Pól Mac Adaim.
By Mongolian Tuvan throat singers!
From the roof of the world…in Nepalese!
And finally in Catalan