A hotel and apartment complex on the East Wall is to be named in honor of a Dubliner who died defending democracy during the Spanish Civil War.
ack Nalty, republican, socialist and trade unionist, was the last Irish volunteer in the International Brigade to die in the conflict.
In 1936 he was among the first Irish to join the movement formed to defend Spain against a fascist coup. Although he was seriously injured at the start of the war, Nalty returned to Spain after recovering in Ireland.
He was hailed as a hero after putting himself in danger to save a machine gun crew left behind during the Battle of the Ebro on the last day of combat.
Nalty, 36 at the time, died instantly after being shot on 23 September 1938, along with fellow Dubliner Liam McGregor.
According to records, the machine gun team survived thanks to Nalty’s bravery. The 15th International Brigade was withdrawn from the front line the next day.
Nalty, who lived in East Wall, had previously fought in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. He had worked briefly at the Dublin Dockyard Company and was later the ITGWU shop steward for 600 Dublin Port workers.
Nalty was also a racing champion with the Dublin Harriers. In 1931 he received international honors when he represented Ireland on the cross country team at Baldoyle.
The 80th anniversary of his death in 2018 was marked by the unveiling of a plaque near his former family home and the publication of a book about his life.
Councilor Nial Ring (Ind) proposed to name the new East Wall development in memory of Jack Nalty after consulting with local historians Joe Mooney and Hugo McGuinness.
His motion, seconded by Councilor Cieran Perry (Ind), was adopted unanimously at a meeting of the regional committee of the center this week.
Councilor Ring called two names initially proposed for the hotel and the 15-story apartment complex “bland and tasteless”.
“It is normal that we recognize the history and heritage of our communities when we name modern developments,” he said.
“Jack Nalty’s body is one of the thousands still lying under Spanish soil, but it will never be forgotten. The fact that this building on the eastern wall bears his name will be a permanent and fitting reminder of this great local hero. “
In a statement, the East Wall History Group said the councilors’ decision was welcomed by those close to Jack Nalty.
“It is great to see the memory of a recognized local figure, especially associated with so many different aspects of local, national and international history,” they said.
Earlier this year, MKN Property Group received planning permission from Dublin City Council for a three-block mixed-use development, comprising a 195-bed hotel, apartments for rent and office space.
It will be located on the site of a former car dealership at the junction of East Wall Road and Alfie Byrne Road.