Hey Gerry and everyone, this silly season the Che Mural story has gone viral, and I'm swamped on my Facebook page and Facebook Gallery page.

Two simple points:

1. I really doubt the 'American Tourist' story. It's the local council trying to divert attention from a dumb decision. The Che Festival has given a huge boost to Kilkee, and I'm proud to help a town I absolutely love.

The place was actually dying, with young people leaving in droves and all that Celtic Tiger dreck ruining the magnificent landscape. Anything that gives a town real life is wonderful, and during the fest all the pubs, hotels and restaurants were full up. Couldn't even get a drink myself on the last night. But I was well looked after -- they snuck it out the window :)

2. Where's my bucket of black paint?

Finally, I have blocked the usual anti-American drivel from my Facebook pages.

www.facebook.com/jimfitzpatrick and www.facebook.com/jimfitzpatrickgallery

Feel free to comment. 

Best to all The Wild Geese, especially The Wilder Wild Geese like Che, who personally told me, in the Marine hotel, Kilkee, in 1961, how proud he was of his Irish roots. Venceremos!

Jim FitzPatrick. Artist

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Tags: 20th Century Ireland, Activism, Americas, Irish Freedom Struggle, News, Opinion

Comment by Bit Devine on September 5, 2013 at 4:16pm

I so need to find that photo I took in Maynooth!...  I too wondered why they would allow such "influence"

Comment by kimberly on September 5, 2013 at 8:04pm

Have they ever done this before? Just curious. I've always thought, maybe wrongly, Irish were open to opinions. There are a lot of murals all over the country and I thought it was an expression that was not judged. Maybe I'm in lala land?  

Comment by kimberly on September 6, 2013 at 7:03am

Thanks!!! I'm grateful for the information. I"M NOT IN LALA....great to know :) Art and free speech go hand in hand so often. We need more "peaceful coexistence" EVERY WHERE! these days. 

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on September 6, 2013 at 7:45am

                                                                       Vive la Paz  

Comment by Edward Hart on September 8, 2013 at 12:26pm

 I think it is ironic that Che would talk about peace while murdering hundreds of Cubans.

Comment by Billy (O'Leary) Kurch on September 21, 2013 at 7:30pm

 A man like Che certainly worried mainstream America at a certain time in our recent history, but I think that we've survived worst affronts to our national dignity before!  We should never hide from the discussion of diverse ideas, hell, we might learn something! Leave this iconic work of art just as it is!  That's my vote!



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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on September 21, 2013 at 7:57pm

Well put Billy

Comment by Craig Welbourn on September 30, 2013 at 4:51pm

After every territorial gain during the two year revolution to oust the corrupt dictator Batista, Che remained to build schools and hospitals for the desperately poor and neglected local Cubans. Being a doctor, he administered medical treatment to the locals, and taught them to read and write. He believed that everyone has the right to an education; the right to receive medical care; the right to have shelter, to be employed, and to have food. In other words, basic human needs. This continues to be his legacy today. Cuba today provides free education through University, and has the second highest per capita number of doctors in the world (next to Italy). Their health care system puts the US system to shame. Everyone is provided with shelter, modest as it may be. Everyone is given a job rather than be unemployed. And basic nutrition is provided. 

I was in Cuba a few years ago, a year after a powerful hurricane had devastated Cuba west of Havana. I was discussing Cuba with a recent graduate, who told me matter-of factly that their wages were lower that year. When I asked why, he told me about the hurricane and that we (the people) were rebuilding their houses. No rancor, just what they do to help each other. Compare that attitude to Katrina. Incidentally, Cuba offered medical aid to the US for the victims of Katrina. They were refused.

For me, that a man would voluntarily give up a promising middle-class future as a doctor in order to help the subjugated and oppressed, is admirable. For that, he must be considered one of the heroes of the 20th century.

Keep the mural, IMHO.


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