Eire Says No


A response to Jim Fitzpatrick’s letter supporting a monument to Che Guevara in Galway, published (Having being apparently declined by the Irish Times) in this week’s Galway Advertiser (not yet available online).

From Cuban-born, Castro-loathing Yale professor Carlos Eire:

As a victim of Che Guevara’s atrocities, as a historian, and as a Cuban of Irish descent, I am deeply disturbed by the fact that the city of Galway is planning to erect a monument to Ernesto “Che” Guevara…

Che was my neighbor in Havana, and I actually saw him in the flesh several times.  He lived in an opulent mansion just a few blocks from my very small house, and also ran the prison of La Cabaña, where some of my relatives ended up being tortured and murdered.  Their crime?  Voicing an opinion different from Che’s. Or, in the case of my uncle, simply having a son who voiced an opinion contrary to Che’s.  The awful truth about  Ernesto “Che” Guevara is that he was a violent thug with despotic tendencies.


Full letter here

Previously: Jim And Che

Cuban Missed Idol Crisis

22 thoughts on “Eire Says No

  1. kerryman

    As much as I agree that history has whitewashed Ché’s dark side over, I nearly want to see this monument built purely to piss off Declan Ganley.

  2. Cark

    Never thought I’d see the Country divided by Ernesto. The outcome of this is one I will be glued to. I’m still on the fence but leaning towards approval of such a statue merely because so many Cubans I met adored him and us (the Irish). They are very informed, cool people. One of them walked me through 10 blocks of Havana just to show me this: http://www.traveljournals.net/pictures/4879.html Viva Cuba!

  3. John Gallen

    As a Galway man and having listened to much debate, I realise, he is no saint.

    So, let’s ensure that all statues of Christopher Columbus world wide are torn down due to the genocide he brought with him.

    I know, pathetic tit-for-tat nonsense… as is this debate. Put the statue up if you want Galway, you’ve my support.

    1. orieldude

      How about not acting like a bunch of stoned undergrads and not putting up statues of people who have no connection with your locale, regardless of whether they’re statues of Che Guevera, Gandhi, Pol Pot, Mr Pink or Jimmy Fivebellies?

  4. Barry Banjo

    What’s next? Nelson Mandela on O’Connell Street because his great grandfathers second cousin lived next door to an Irish fella. Why is Galway even considering honouring Che? Or should that be O’Shea?

  5. Cathal

    yeah, what is the exact galway link though?
    I’d like it because it would be so bizarre…
    They should have spent that spire money on covering the country in statues… Che Guevara in Galway, Mary Robinson in a grotto in the Galtee Mountains, Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in Cork, Donald Duck in Mountrath…

    1. shitferbrains

      A Lynch ancestor. One of the Twelve Tribes Lynches as opposed to the Norman Lynches. They say Ché was a decent scrum half if that helps yis make up yer minds.

  6. geoff

    This is exactly what would happen if they ever built a monument of Gerry Adams or Martin McGuinness.

    1. Barry Banjo

      Or Bertie? I can see it now. Resplendent in grey. Friendship Euro’s blowin’ in the wind.

  7. Bazzamatta

    One man’s disgruntled opinion against a neighbour of his who probably never returned his football after he kicked it over the wallls of said opulent mansion. Carlos Eire? Wtf? MISE Eire.

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