Saturday 1 October 2016

Tributes to Pearse as a visionary, revolutionary leader and educator

Martin Grant

Published 08/07/2016 | 02:30

Members of Tallaght Community Arts perform at the 1916 centenary celebration in St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham Photo: Tony Gavin
Members of Tallaght Community Arts perform at the 1916 centenary celebration in St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham Photo: Tony Gavin

Patrick Pearse has been remembered as a visionary, and one of the great leaders of the 1916 Rising, during a centenary celebration led by President Michael D Higgins.

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Mr Higgins led tributes yesterday to the national hero during a State ceremony at St Enda's Park, in Rathfarnham, where Pearse lived and ran his innovative Irish-speaking school, Scoil Eánna, from 1910 until the Rising.

President Higgins read a lengthy and emotive speech on the steps of the school, now a museum, before the hundreds of people who gathered to honour one of the Rising leaders.

A hundred years after the Rising, Mr Higgins said that we "can better see the man behind the icon", adding that as a nation a debt of gratitude is owed to Pearse.

"Even if the Rising had not taken place, Patrick Pearse would have carved out a place in revolutionary consciousness for his educational theory and pedagogy," Mr Higgins said.

President Michael D Higgins views a sculpture by Stephen Burke at the event Photos Tony Gavin
President Michael D Higgins views a sculpture by Stephen Burke at the event Photos Tony Gavin

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