The 1967 Cork Vietnamese Freedom Association protest.

left to right: Gerry Higgins, Jim Savage, Jim Lane, Jim McCarthy, Derry McCarthy, Noel Lane, Jim Blake, George Sisk, Gerry Madden, Barty Madden, Tom McCarthy.

left to right: Gerry Higgins, Jim Savage, Jim Lane, Jim McCarthy, Derry McCarthy, Noel Lane, Jim Blake, George Sisk, Gerry Madden, Barty Madden, Tom McCarthy. (click image to enlarge)

“The Cork Vietnamese Freedom Association members and friends demonstrated their opposition to the presence of the American Warship, “USS Courtney” in Cork Harbour. Given that Ireland was supposed to be a neutral nation and the Americans were at war with the people of Vietnam, we were of the belief that their presence was in contradiction to Ireland’s long stated position of neutrality. The Vietnam/American War was at its height at that time in July 1967. There were 490,000 American troops in South Vietnam, along with some 850,000 South Vietnam troops attempting to crush the Viet Cong in South Vietnam at that time. And here was our government giving succour to the armed forces of America, a participant in that war. So we expressed our opposition and picketed for the best part of a week”. Jim Lane 17th, July 2017.

Front Row LR Jim Lane, George Sisk, Jim Savage. 2nd Row LR Ian Fox, Charlie O'Neill, Jerry Higgins. The USS Courtney is in the background. Charlie O'Neill

Front Row: LR Jim Lane, George Sisk, Jim Savage. 2nd Row LR Ian Fox, Charlie O’Neill, Jerry Higgins.

On left wearing the beret, George Sisk a scion of the Sisk Builders family. Holding a banner, Jim Lane and the man behind was Jim Savage.

Left wearing the beret, George Sisk with Jim Lane holding a placard and behind Jim Savage.

photo today shows Cork Lord Mayor Pearse Wyse (Fianna Fail), leaving the ship after his night of eating and drinking with the ship's captain and officers.

Cork Lord Mayor Pearse Wyse (Fianna Fail), leaving the ship after his night of eating and drinking with the ship’s captain and officers.

The USS Courtney is in the background.

The USS Courtney is in the background.

 

Photographer, Dan Neville, ” Vogue Photos” 30, Grand Parade, Cork.

 

 

 

5 responses to “The 1967 Cork Vietnamese Freedom Association protest.

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  3. On 19 December, Jim Savage’s friend and comrade over many decades, Eamon Corcoran, reminded mourners gathered at the graveside at Cork’s St Finbarr’s cemetery that Jim had “preached the gospel of discontent” against the capitalist class and all those who would enslave Ireland and her people. “He was as nationalist as Pearse, as socialist as Connolly, as revolutionary as O’Donovan Rossa and as conspiratorial as John Devoy,” Eamon remarked.

    I cannot think of a more fitting epitaph.

    My late dad’s words about Jim Savage.

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