Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

First official Easter 1916 event held for O’Donovan Rossa funeral

“The first official act of commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising took place in Dublin on Saturday.

August 1st 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa the unrepentant Fenian hero whose body was brought back from America for burial after he had passed.

 The Irish Republican Brotherhood used the funeral as a major show of force and Patrick Pearse’s graveside oration is remembered as the flame that lit the torch of the Easter 1916 Rising.

Pearse’s words “The fools the fools they have left us our Fenian dead and as long as Ireland holds these graves Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” became the capstone of the Rising that followed.”

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