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Frank Edwards (communist)

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Frank Edwards (1907–7 June 1983) was a teacher and prominent Irish communist. Edwards's parents were Belfast Catholics who relocated to Waterford. His father served, and died, in the British Army during the First World War. His elder brother, Jack Edwards, was the Waterford organiser of the one-day general strike against the enforcement of conscription in Ireland. Jack was active in the Irish War of Independence and then joined the Anti-treaty side in the Irish Civil War. In Kilkenny Gaol, he was shot "trying to escape" as a reprisal for a Free State officer killed in Waterford. Frank Edwards said of the killing of his brother "It was known to be a reprisal for the shooting of a Free State officer, Captain O'Brien, in Waterford." He trained as a national school teacher in De La Salle College, Waterford. While teaching at Mount Sion Christian Brothers School, Waterford, Frank Edwards became the Waterford leader of the Republican Congress in 1934. The Roman Catholic Church had denou
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