The Cork 32 County Sovereignty Movement would like to offer a big thank you to all of Finbarr
Walsh’s friends and comrades who kindly donated to the refurbishment of his headstone and graveside which was unveiled on 16th June 2020.
Finbarr was a dedicated Irish Republican and volunteer in the Irish Republican Army from the late 1960’s. Finbarr was a fearless and unrelenting Irish Republican who led from the front. Finbarr led a left perpetually on the run, striking fear into his enemies and inspiring those around him. During one particular incident while on the run, Free State forces unwittingly stood on various parts of Finbarr’s body as he had buried himself to evade capture.
Just as with the 1994 ceasefire, the Cork brigade of the I.R.A refused to surrender the armed struggle in 1997 and reformed.
Finbarr was a leading light, helping rebuild the republican movement. Ever fearless, uncompromising and ardent in his actions, the state no doubt triedt to exert its pressure on Finbarr.
In 2005 Finbarr was tragically killed in a hit and run accident. Instead of trying to pursue the perpetrator, the Gardai spent the following weeks digging up the nearby fields searching for weapons. Later the person who had hit Finbarr and fled the scene, handed himself into the Gardai and was not charged for any crime.
Finbarr is sorely missed by his family, friends and comrades. However we will never forget the inspiring courage and fearless bravery Finbarr displayed throughout his life.