Wednesday 28 September 2016

Thousands expected to pay tribute at graveside in Glasnevin

Daniel McDonald

Published 01/08/2015 | 02:30

The official State commemoration of the centenary of the burial of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in Glasnevin cemetery today is the culmination of a week of events marking his life
The official State commemoration of the centenary of the burial of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in Glasnevin cemetery today is the culmination of a week of events marking his life

The official State commemoration of the centenary of the burial of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in Glasnevin cemetery today is the culmination of a week of events marking his life.

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Around 1,500 ticket-holders will attend the scene famous for the graveside oration of Patrick Pearse this morning. The historical moment is credited with unifying the republican movement and ultimately contributing to the onset of the War of Independence.

President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Heritage Minister Heather Humphries and extended members of O'Donovan Rossa's family will attend the commemoration, which will mark the beginning of the national 2016 commemorative programme.

It will be broadcast on RTE and on large screens outside the cemetery for another 5,000 onlookers.

Motorists are warned that traffic will be halted for a Presidential guard of honour.

The commemoration will re-enact the events of the original funeral, culminating with a wreath-laying, firing of a volley of shots, the raising of the national flag and the national anthem.

Several events - spanning Cork and New York - have been held in recent weeks to remember the veteran Fenian.

Highlights included a GAA tournament and commemorative Mass in Staten Island, New York, where the Cork-born exile died in June 1915.

President Higgins also visited Rossa's native Skibbereen, where events included an exhibition marking the life of the patriot and a torch parade celebrating his life.

Events were planned by the O' Donovan Rossa Centenary Commemoration Committee.

Irish Independent

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