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Speech at the Grave of O’Donovan Rossa

Posted by smeddum on January 6, 2009

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Recent Belfast mural {enlarge}

The recent barbarism in Gaza has caused me to recall the words of Patrick Pearse for O’Donovan Rossa, the words run in parallel from Ireland’s darkest hours to those of Palestine

It has been thought right, before we turn away from this place in which we have laid the mortal remains of O’Donovan Rossa that one among us should, in the name of all, speak the praise of that valiant man, and endeavour to formulate the thought and the hope that are in us as we stand around his grave. And if there is anything that makes it fitting that I rather than another, I rather than one of the greyhaired men who were young with him and shared in his labour and in his suffering, should speak here, it is perhaps that I may be taken as speaking on behalf of a new generation that has been re-baptised in the Fenian faith and that has accepted the responsibility of carrying out the Fenian programme. Read the rest of this entry »

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