Monday 23 October 2017

Tributes to Pearse as a visionary, revolutionary leader and educator

July 7, 2016: Members of Tallaght Community Arts perform at the 1916 centenary celebration in St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham. The event was just one of many that took place throughout the year to celebrate the centenary of 1916. Photo: Tony Gavin
July 7, 2016: Members of Tallaght Community Arts perform at the 1916 centenary celebration in St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham. The event was just one of many that took place throughout the year to celebrate the centenary of 1916. Photo: Tony Gavin

Martin Grant

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.

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

Irish Independent

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