It is tempting to see a parallel,
In the Irish and Spanish Civil Wars,
Between Nationalism and Republicanism,
But such a parallel would be, at best,
Superficial, at worst downright misleading!
Whereas the Irish Nationalists
Were also republicans
And the Republicans also nationalists,
The Spanish Republicans weren't nationalists
Nor the Nationalists republicans.
Unlike the Spanish Civil War,
The Irish Civil War didn't signify
A fascist/communist dichotomy but, rather,
Two shades of republican Nationalism -
Soft and hard, gradual and immediate,
Evolutionary and revolutionary.
The split in Sinn Fein over the Treaty
Led to fratricidal strife between
Pro-Treaty Free Staters
And Anti-Treaty Irregulars,
And although the former eventually triumphed,
Leaving Ireland with Dominion Status
Within the British Empire,
The proclamation of a republic
Was later engineered by descendants
Of the Free Staters who,
Unlike hard-line republicans,
Were resigned, under Costello, to
A twenty-six county republic.
Imagine, if you can, Franco proclaiming a republic,
And one sees how far apart
The antagonists of the Spanish Civil War
Were from those of the Irish one!