New book explores diaries of Cavan priest who was key eyewitness to Spanish Civil War

A newly released book will examine the diaries Father Alexander McCabe, a Cavan native from Drumkilly who witnessed and documented the Spanish Civil War.

Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives in the three year-long conflict, which occurred between 1936 and 1939.

Father McCabe went to Spain to study for the priesthood and was based in the Irish College at Salamanca.

Salamanca was also the location of General Franco’s military headquarters during the Spanish Civil War.

As a result of this, Father McCabe had a unique viewpoint of the war.

Author and historian Tim Fanning spoke to The Joe Finnegan Show about the new book, titled “The Salamanca Diaries: Father McCabe and the Spanish Civil War”: