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Is your relative with Padraig Pearse in this iconic 1915 moment?

Are you related to any of these men at this historic funeral?

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum has issued a public appeal for help to identify people who attended the burial of exiled Fenian leader Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in 1915.

The event was where Padraig Pearse made his famous speech which marked a major step towards the 1916 Rising.

A search has now begun to identify dozens of people photographed at the funeral.

"We're looking for relatives to come forward to help us," said Conor Dodd, historian and curator of the cemetery museum.

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"We believe many people know of relatives who attended the funeral and who could identify them in our photograph," he said.

Patrick Pearse is clearly visible, standing to the right of Fr Michael Flanagan. Pearse has the script of his soon-to-be-famous speech clasped under his arm.

His speech contained the famous words: "The fools, the fools, the fools! They have left us our Fenian dead. And while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace."

The photograph is available to examine on the www.glasnevintrust.ie website. Anyone who spots their relatives are invited to contact Mr Dodd at CDodd@glasnevintrust.ie

The centenary of the funeral will be commemorated at the cemetery in the coming year. The famous speech will be re-enacted daily from August 1 onwards.

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