Bring Che back to Kilkee
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Belfast Telegraph, 04 September 2013: Irish village removes Che Guevara mural because it upsets US tourists
A village (Kilkee, Clare) in the republic of Ireland has removed a mural a mural of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara because it has upset American tourists.
It has been painted over by a local authority just weeks ahead of a local Latin-American cultural festival in Kilkee, Co Clare to celebrate links with Guevara.
The Americans left town after seeing the mural. The face of Guevara, who visited Kilkee in 1961, had adorned the same spot for the previous two Che do Bheatha festivals.
But Clare County Council staff removed the 20ft high mural yesterday despite agreement at a Town Council meeting on Monday that it should stay until the festival was over.
This is the third year of the festival, which was established in 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of the visit to the area by Che Guevara. Guevara’s plane had been grounded at Shannon Airport so he and his entourage spent a night in the west Clare resort town.
The world-renowned image was created by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick after a chance meeting with Guevara in the Marine Hotel in Kilkee during that visit.
** There’s a petition on the go to encourage the reactionaries on Clare County Council to reverse their decision. Sign it and pass it on: http://chn.ge/14qDXTg ¡Viva el Che! (currently at 530)
On the petition; Jim FitzPatrick DUBLIN, IRELAND
Admirer and artist.
This mural was done by a local artist whose name I do not know and while, i am the creator of the original red and black poster from 1968, I object to the removal. This Cgeh Festival ahs put a dying, beautiful town back on the tourist map and I am b very proud to be involved. I am a Clareman, though Dublin-Born, and a fanatic Clare GAA supporter. We should not bow to this sort of nonsense. The ‘American Tourists’ were probaly plants. Same stuff we had to listen to in Galway when we proposed a Che memorial in his ancestral town. Hit them where it hurts -with paintbrushes and forget any anti-American rubbish too.
“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”
As a lad pointed out… His Great Grandfather was a Galway/Clare man! Che landed at Shannon and wrote to his own Father “I am at last in the land of my Forefathers” ! Shame on Kilkee Town Council and CCC
“Che do Bheatha” Festival Kilkee, Co. Clare. Ireland (2011)
Her Excellency the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland, Teresita Trujillo Hernández, opens the “Che do Bheatha” festival in Kilkee Co. Clare. The festival commemorates the 50th anniversary of the visit of Ernesto “Che” Guevara to Kilkee in September 1961.
This Sunday is the all Ireland hurling semi final, Clare, the banner county, take on the rebels of Cork. It should be a cracker of a game. In Barcelona we will have a good breakfast and go up to the Michael Collins to watch the game and to cheer on the banner.
Clare vs Cork – 2013 All Ireland Hurling Final
A trailer for the 2013 All-Ireland Hurling Final between Clare and Cork, which will be Clare’s first final since 2002.
Featuring footage from Clare’s games against Waterford, Cork, Wexford, Galway and Limerick, as well as audio from Anthony Daly’s speeches in 1995 and 1997.
the Banners Road To Croker (original)
Noel McInerney: This is a small song i wrote for clare in the 2013 all ireland this year i tried to make it funny and catchy and hopefully it’ll get everyone in clare up for the game, An Clár Abú
Whipping Boys No More – Declan Clancy & Ruairí Henchy:
The Banner Raised – The Clare Hurling year 1995
The Long Hot Summer – Clare Hurling in 1998
Everyone is getting ready for the big day, especially these fellas
Even the dogs are excited about the big game
An goats and babies
even baby calves…
This is why GAA is such a great thing, it moves people in ways that nothing else can…