Two simple points:
1. I really doubt the 'American Tourist' story. It's the local council trying to divert attention from a dumb decision. The Che Festival has given a huge boost to Kilkee, and I'm proud to help a town I absolutely love.
The place was actually dying, with young people leaving in droves and all that Celtic Tiger dreck ruining the magnificent landscape. Anything that gives a town real life is wonderful, and during the fest all the pubs, hotels and restaurants were full up. Couldn't even get a drink myself on the last night. But I was well looked after -- they snuck it out the window :)
2. Where's my bucket of black paint?
Finally, I have blocked the usual anti-American drivel from my Facebook pages.
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Best to all The Wild Geese, especially The Wilder Wild Geese like Che, who personally told me, in the Marine hotel, Kilkee, in 1961, how proud he was of his Irish roots. Venceremos!
Jim FitzPatrick. Artist