Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: An archival look at the life of one of Ireland's greatest Fenians

As Ireland gets ready to honour the centenary of the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, we bring you some of the highlights from our archives aboutone of Ireland's most respected Fenian.

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: An archival look at the life of one of Ireland's greatest Fenians

On Saturday August 1, a state commemoration will be held to honour the centenary of the burial of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa.

The event will mark the beginning of the national 2016 commemorative programme.

In attendance shall be President Michael D Higgins, an Taoiseach Enda Kenny, members of the diplomatic corps as well as extended members of O'Donovan Rossa's family and invited guests.

There are also a number of tickets available to the public for this occasion which can be acquired on the Glasnevin Cemetery website.

The event is expected to act as a bridge to the 1916 commemoration next year in the same way that O'Donovan Rossa's funeral was seen as the beginning of the 'countdown' to the Easter Rising.

The funeral took place on August 1, 1915 and during the proceedings an unknown man stepped out of the crowd and gave a graveside oration.

“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.”

That man was Pádraig Pearse.

To mark the occasion we have brought you a select few publications from the Irish Examiner archives which will give you more information on O'Donovan Rossa, and an insight into his life.

There are over 1200 search results found for O'Donovan Rossa in the Irish Examiner archive.

Whether you are a researcher, historian or you simply want to explore your history go to www.irishexaminer.ie/archive.

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