1997 Liam Walsh commemoration

img_1826The same day as the 1997 commemoration for Máirín Keegan (see here), a commemoration took place for Liam Walsh, also of Saor Eire, who died in a premature explosion while on active service in October 1970.  Máirín, who was taking part in the action, was uninjured – she died of cancer several years later – while another participant in the action, Martin Casey, was injured.

Liam had originally been in the IRA in the 1950s, including having been commander of the South Dublin unit in the late 1950s.  He was one of a layer of Dublin Volunteers who was attracted to revolutionary socialism in the early 1960s and joined with a small layer of Trotskyists such as Máirín to found and develop Saor Eire, an armed Marxist/republican group.

Liam’s funeral was attended by 3,000 people.  There’s a bio of him, with some great photos, here.

Below is a link to a short video of the 1997 commemoration.


Unfortunately, there’s not much in the way of an oration about him.

The 1997 commemoration involved just a handful of people, an indication of how Saor Eire had been forgotten in the period between when they dissolved in the mid-1970s and 1997.  It’s good to give this courageous group of socialist-republicans their due.

Those still alive have also maintained their principles.  Their socialist-republicanism has been vindicated by what happened to both the Sticks (whose rejection of republicanism led to a rejection of socialism) and the Provos (whose rejection of socialism led to a rejection of republicanism).

It has also been vindicated by the way that the currents that have come out of the Provos since the end of the 1990s have all adopted formal positions for socialism.


Posted on July 30, 2013, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Border Campaign/Operation Harvest, British state repression (general), Censorship, Commemorations, Economy and workers' resistance, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Partition, Political education and theory, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Republicanism 1960s, Republicanism post-1900, Revolutionary figures. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Leslie McDaid former member of the Provisional movement in south Dublin, spoke at a commemoration for Liam Walsh in Mount Jerome cemetery in 1997. Younger brother Jim McDaid a former prisoner was shot dead in 1987 in the INLA feud in Dublin.

    The McDaid brothers were comrades of Vol Tom Smith shot dead in Portlaoise prison in 1975,they were all members of the Sean Treacy Cumunn PSF Dublin south.

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