Kevin Neville Saor Uladh

Frank Morris gave the oration for Saor Uladh volunteer and Cork socialist Kevin Neville, who died of cancer in 1964, at the unveilling of a headstone in 1965.

Frank Morris.

Frank Morris.

 Jim Lane  “Notes on Republicanism and Socialism in Cork”: ” Gerry Higgins told me that, following the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Kevin Neville heeded the advice of leading socialist figures and sought and received parole from the Curragh Camp, going on to join the RAF. The advice given at the time was that all able bodied socialists should join the armies of the Allied forces in the fight against fascism and in defence of the Soviet Union. Later, when back in Cork, he found there was no welcome for him in the ranks of the IRA. when the IRF faced similar ostracization from the Republican Leadership, which went so far as to seize the stencils for their newspaper and intimidate their supporters, Kevin Neville assisted them in a series of raids and confrontations which made clear to the leadership (in a bloodless manner) bullying would not be tolerated. After his death on June 16th 1964, independent Cork republicans formed the “Kevin Neville Commemorative Committee” to construct a fitting monument over his grave and had it erected less than a year. Documents thanks to Jim Lane.                                                                                                                                                               

Kevin Neville

Kevin Neville

Kevin Neville unveiling 1965 Co. Cork

Kevin Neville unveiling 1965 Co. Cork

Kevin Neville 10002Kevin Neville 10001Link here  for more on Kevin Neville – http://rebelcorksfightingstory.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/kevin-neville-irish-freedom-fighter/

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