Ennis Gardai Notified After Michael Russell Memorial Defaced

An Ennis memorial to honour a local man who fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War has been vandalised.

Michael Russell was killed in action in 1937 after joining the International Brigade.

The memorial was erected in 2019 to honour him in the Simms Lane area of the town, where he was born, but this week it has been daubed in spray paint.


Gardaí attended the scene yesterday as part of their investigations, and Tommy Guilfoyle of the Clare International Brigades Commemorative Collective – who erected the memorial – believes the vandalism was a cowardly act.