Rare photograph – Saor Éire activist Máirín Keegan with Eamonn McCann 1970.

Rare photograph of Marxist and Saor Éire activist Máirín Keegan with Eamonn McCann during the interruption of the premiere of A State of Chassis at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre in 1970.

 Máirín Keegan and Eamonn McCann 1970

Máirín Keegan and Eamonn McCann

 

September 17th, 1970 The Young Socialist’s including Máirín Keegan and Eamonn McCann, chairman of the Derry Labour Party, interrupted the premiere of A State of Chassis, a political-polemical satirical revue by John D Stewart, Tomás MacAnna and Eugene Watters, at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre. The protesters found the revue’s portrayal of the situation in the North of Ireland to be “abysmally ignorant”, taking particular exception to its caricature of Bernadette Devlin. As McCann was being removed from the stage he said“Anyone who thinks that the events in Northern Ireland are a matter of laughter is a hypocrite”.

 In the Norther Ireland Assembly election, 2016 veteran Socialist McCann was elected MLA for the Foyle  constituency.

Eamonn McCann being removed from the stage of the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, during a protest about the revue, “A State of Chassis.

Eamonn McCann being removed from the stage the during a protest.

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2 responses to “Rare photograph – Saor Éire activist Máirín Keegan with Eamonn McCann 1970.

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