Monday June 29th marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Irish Republican Brotherhood member Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. His life as an Irish Fenian is well documented but he is perhaps best known for the graveside oration he received from Pádraig Pearse when the famous lines were uttered “The fools, the fools, the fools…”
After being exiled to America in 1870, the O’Donovan Rossa family resided in Staten Island, New York until Jeremiah died in 1915 and his body was returned to Ireland and buried in Glasnevin.
Louth County Councillor Edel Corrigan attended a day long series of events on his anniversary in Staten Island NY which was organised by LAOH National President Mary Hogan and committee members.
Guest speakers at the event included Rita O’Hare (Sinn Féin Representative in USA), William Rossa Cole (great grandson of O’Donovan Rossa), Judith Campbell, (historian, Drew University),Dolores Lynch (LAOH), and Barbara Jones (Counsul General NY).
Cllr Corrigan said “It was an honour for me to be invited to attend the events to mark the passing of such a great Irish historical legend as Jeremiah ODonovan Rossa. Jeremiah and his wife Mary-Jane played a great role in building the foundations on which the Rising of 1916 in Ireland happened and which we celebrate next year. “I look forward to August 1st when there will be a re-enactment in Dublin of O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral procession and graveside orations. There is a great feeling of excitement from the O’Donovan Rossa family members I have met, to see their ancestors remembered for their contribution to the Irish people. “This event also marked the great contribution and sacrifices Mary-Jane O’Donovan Rossa made during this period of history. Moving into 2016 it is important that we remember those who went before us, the roles they had, and the impact they made on Irish history.”