The Irish Latin American Connection – Programme 3: The Cause of Justice, the Cause of Love,” Nicaragua

The Irish Latin American Connection is a 4 part series of programmes that looks at the experiences of Irish people who have in the recent past lived and campaigned for causes in Latin America.   We will examine their motives for travelling, their contribution to the countries they lived in and how these experiences have shaped their lives and careers back in Ireland.  And while doing this, we will touch on some global issues affecting Ireland, Europe and Latin America.

Programme 3: “The Cause of Justice, the Cause of Love,” Nicaragua 

In programme 3 we meet Robert Navan and Molly O’Duffy, two of the Irish Brigade that travelled to Nicaragua in the 1980s to support the Sandinista revolution. We will hear an insert from Rita Fagan, a Dublin community development worker who travelled on five occasions to Nicaragua from 1989. We also meet Dr Barry Cannon, formerly Irish Research Council ‘Cara’ Fellow, specializes in democratization and development, particularly in conflict areas in the Latin America region. Chris O’Connell is a PhD student, educator and activist who spent many years living, working, volunteering and carrying out research in Latin America.


Produced and edited by Sally Galiana. Narrated by Mary McNamara. Our special thanks to Ámal Abordán, Education Coordinator and Office Manager of the Latin American Solidarity Centre (LASC) and Irish Aid for their support.

This programme was produced by Near FM and LASC, with the support of the BAI’s Sound and Vision scheme and Irish Aid.