Parnell and the question of what he might have achieved still have a grip on our imagination
It was something of a motley crew who gathered together last Sunday morning to pay homage to one who was once labelled "the uncrowned king of Ireland".
Crisp autumn sunshine only added to the sense of reverie and reflection in Glasnevin cemetery. All around, some of the most famous names from our past lay in their final resting places . . . Daniel O'Connell, Padraig Pearse, Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera.
But this particular group was there to pay homage to another name forged in the pantheon of Irish historical memory - Charles Stewart Parnell.