Tributes to Pearse as a visionary, revolutionary leader and educator
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.