Centenary event to hear Pearse's iconic oration
The centenary of the funeral of Irish Fenian leader Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa will be marked with re-enactments of Padraig Pearse's historic graveside oration.
President Michael D Higgins will lead the state commemoration on Saturday at Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery, when he will lay a wreath before Pearse's iconic speech will be re-enacted by an actor. The event is being hosted by the Republic's heritage minister Heather Humphreys.
Separately, members of the public are invited to attend a second re-enactment, which will include a funeral cortege procession from Dublin City Hall at 1pm to Glasnevin, where Pearse's oration will again be delivered.
Roles will be played by members of the `living history' re-enactment groups but the public are also being urged to wear period-style dress like long dresses, bonnets, grandfather shirts and flat caps.
West Cork native O'Donovan Rossa grew up during the era of the Great Famine, Daniel O'Connell and the Young Ireland Movement. He served eight years behind bars after being jailed for his role in the 1865 Fenian Rising, before becoming the editor of the New York edition of the nationalist paper, the United Irishmen.
His body was returned to Ireland following his death in America on June 29 1915, with Pearse issuing a call to arms at the August 1 funeral, telling mourners: "They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but, the fools, the fools, the fools! - They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace."