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Frank Ryan

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Frank Ryan Famous memorial

Original Name
Francis Ryan
Birth
County Limerick, Ireland
Death
10 Jun 1944 (aged 41)
Loschwitz, Stadtkreis Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Burial
Glasnevin, County Dublin, Ireland Add to Map
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Irish republican whose later career is an example of the equivocal nature of the IRA's dealings with Nazi Germany. Led contingent of 200 Irishmen to fight on the Socialist side in Spain in 1936. Captured by Italians in 1938 and sentenced to death - the Irish Prime Minister de Valera gained clemency for him from Franco. Taken to Germany in 1940. The Nazis wanted him to go to America to preach neutrality, but later provided him and his colleague Sean Russell (IRA Chief of Staff) with a submarine to return to Ireland. On Russell's death, from peritonitis, Ryan returned to Germany as a neutral. Died in a sanatorium in Dresden.
Irish republican whose later career is an example of the equivocal nature of the IRA's dealings with Nazi Germany. Led contingent of 200 Irishmen to fight on the Socialist side in Spain in 1936. Captured by Italians in 1938 and sentenced to death - the Irish Prime Minister de Valera gained clemency for him from Franco. Taken to Germany in 1940. The Nazis wanted him to go to America to preach neutrality, but later provided him and his colleague Sean Russell (IRA Chief of Staff) with a submarine to return to Ireland. On Russell's death, from peritonitis, Ryan returned to Germany as a neutral. Died in a sanatorium in Dresden.

Bio by: David Conway


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: David Conway
  • Added: Sep 7, 2001
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5747050/frank-ryan: accessed ), memorial page for Frank Ryan (11 Sep 1902–10 Jun 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5747050, citing Glasnevin Cemetery, Glasnevin, County Dublin, Ireland; Maintained by Find a Grave.