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Wednesday 7 December 2016

New stamp marks the centenary of incendiary eulogy

Published 01/08/2015 | 02:30

Cara and Oran Waters, Rosscarbery, vCo Cork, with a picture of a new stamp to mark the
centenary of the oration.
Cara and Oran Waters, Rosscarbery, vCo Cork, with a picture of a new stamp to mark the centenary of the oration.

It has gone down in history as the graveside oration that changed the course of Irish history.

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An Post marked the centenary of Padraig Pearse's legendary eulogy to west Cork-born patriot, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa (84), with a new stamp.

Historians consider Pearse's 1915 tribute to O'Donovan Rossa at Glasnevin Cemetery as a critical point in the build-up to the Easter Rising the following year.

Fittingly, the 70c stamp was launched in O'Donovan Rossa's home village of Rosscarbery with his great great-grandson John Whelpley in attendance.

Last June, Rosscarbery honoured its remarkable contribution to Irish freedom by unveiling a special monument.

It now has a unique monument to O'Donovan Rossa, Michael Collins and Tom Barry, all of whom hailed from the area.

Locals have dubbed the area the 'parish of patriots' such was the immense contribution to Irish freedom from Rosscarbery and its surrounds, led by the three famous IRA and IRB officials.

Michael Collins was also in Rosscarbery on both the first and last days of his life - visiting just hours before he was shot at Beal na mBlath.

Irish Independent

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