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Richard Behal talks about after his daring escape from Limerick prison in 1966, when he succeeded in reaching mainland Europe where he was recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as a Political Refugee. In addition to his appointed to an International office for Provisional Sinn Fein in Europe, the Eire Nua Social and Economic Programme and the Irish Republican Ruairi O’Bradaigh.
Photograph in military uniform of Liam Sutcliffe who was involved in the operation to blow up Nelson’s Pillar in 1966. He joined Saor Éire in 1970 and became a leading volunteer in the group, active in many of its engagements. Thanks to the hungrybrigade.com.
Socialist-republican and former Saor Éire activist Liam Sutcliffe died on Friday 3rd November, 2017. His wife Bernadette, to whom he was married for over 60 years, died in February 2016.
Liam came from an historic Dublin working class area, The Liberties, and was recruited into the Irish Republican Army along with Tomás Mac Giolla in 1954. Within a few months he was operating as an IRA agent in Gough barracks in Armagh, passing important information to the Republican Movement.
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This is the story of Socialist Republican Richard Behal who as a young man joined the Irish Republican Army in Kilkenny he subsequently participated in Operation Harvest . (Otherwise known as the 1956-62 Border Campaign)
In 1964, two years before the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter rising, he was instrumental in organising the disruptions to the visit by ‘Princess ‘Margaret and her husband ‘Lord ‘Snowden to Ireland. The disruptions included an explosion that cut the electricity supply to Abbeyleix Castle during the ‘Royal ball’.