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Che Guevara's daughter to visit Ireland

As part of her visit, Dr Aleida Guevara March will travel to Kilkee to open the second annual Che Do Bheatha festival – and will visit Leinster House.

Dr Aleida Guevara March
Dr Aleida Guevara March
Image: Javier Galeano/AP/Press Association Images

THE DAUGHTER OF the Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, Dr Aleida Guevara March, will visit Ireland this coming week.

She is the daughter of Guevara and his second wife Aleida March, and will be visiting Ireland from 26 September to 2 October, stopping off in different parts of the country along the way.

Dr Guevara is a paediatrician at the William Soler Paediatric Hospital in Havana, and during her trip here will promote the English version of a new book Remembering Che: My Life with Che Guevara, which was written by her mother.

On Thursday, 27 September, she will visit Leinster House for a meeting with TDs and Senators, and the following day Dr Guevara will travel to Kilkee, Co Clare.

There, she will open the second annual Che Do Bheatha Festival which runs until Sunday, 30 September and where her mother’s book will also be available for purchase. This festival celebrates Guevara’s visit to Kilkee in 1961, as well as elements of Latin-American culture.

Croke Park

From there, Dr Guevara will attend the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final in Croke Park, as a guest of the Galway Trades Council on Sunday 30 September. Che Guevara’s great grandfather was Irish, with the surname Lynch.

On Monday morning, 1 October, Dr Guevara will be the guest of Dr David Hickey on a visit to Beaumont Hospital, and at 2pm she will be a guest of the Irish Trade Unions Cuba Solidarity Committee, in Wynn’s Hotel, Lower Abbey Street.

Her final event will take place at 8pm on Monday 1 October, when Dr Guevara will speak in Liberty Hall at a public meeting, which will also serve as the Dublin launch of her mother’s book. Tickets for this event cost €5 and can be bought by calling Deirdre Price, Communications Department, SIPTU at 01 8586372 or by email at dprice@siptu.ie.

A Che Guevara monument, featuring the artwork of Jim Fitzpatrick, was proposed to Galway city council.  In February, it was criticised by local business Declan Ganley.  So far, the monument has not been given the go-ahead.

Read: Che Guevara monument would ‘shame the people of Galway and Ireland’>

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