Republican Plot: Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa

(1831 - 1915) Revolutionary.

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Republican Plot: Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in (1831 - 1915) Revolutionary..

Born at Ross Carbery, Co. Cork, in September 1831.

When James Stephens came to Ireland in 1858 to organize the Fenians, Rossa and his Phoenix Society of Skibbereen were among the first to join. With other leading Fenians he was arrested in 1865 and sentenced to penal servitude for twenty years.

He was freed in 1871 on condition he would leave Ireland. He went to America, where he edited the United Irishman for a time. He published O'Donovan Rossa's Life: Six Years in Six English Prisons (1874) republished in 1882 as Irish Rebels in English Prisons. His Rossa's Recollections: 1838 to 1898 appeared in 1898.

He died in New York on 30th June 1915, his body was brought home to an immense funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery, on 1st August 1915.

Pearse in the uniform of the Irish Volunteers delivered a funeral oration, ending with the words that became famous: "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".

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