Donnelly, Charlie

Charlie Donnelly
Charlie Donnelly. Image source

Charles (Charlie) Donnelly was born in Tyrone on the 10 July, 1914.

His posthumous collections are Charlie Donnelly, The Life and Poems, ed., Joseph Donnelly (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 1987); and The Tolerance of Crows and Other Poems (Cork, Three Spires Press, 1994).

‘Even the olives are bleeding‘ is said to have been a remark by Donnelly on the carnage that surrounded him shortly before he died.

Joseph O’Connor published Even the Olives are Bleeding – The Life and Times of Charles Donnelly (New Island Books, 1993). It was also the title of Cathal O’Shannon’s Spanish Civil War documentary Even the Olives are Bleeding (Dublin, RTÉ, 1976).

Heroic Heart: A Charles Donnelly Reader, is Edited by Kay Donnelly, with Gerald Dawe (Belfast, Lagan Press, 2012).

He died while fighting for the Republican cause at Jarama, Spain, on the 27th of February, 1937.

Charlie Donnelly Two obituaries from 1937/8

Donnelly Monument in Spain

Charlie Donnelly Winter School

Charlie Donnelly at The National Library of Ireland