Dublin Remembers the Funeral of O’Donovan Rossa

A new exhibition in City Hall marks 100 years since the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, the Fenian leader and revolutionary who lay in state in City Hall for four days.

On display in City Hall from Saturday 1st August until the end of October 2015, “The Funeral of O’Donovan Rossa” exhibition contains images, newspaper articles and ephemera from the Dublin City Library & Archive , Pearse Street.

'The O'Donovan Rossa funeral was a key moment in the IRB's preparations for the Rising, helping turn a dead Fenian into a live inspiration for revolution. On hearing of O'Donovan Rossa's death Tom Clarke exclaimed to his wife Kathleen 'had he chosen a time to die he could not have picked a better time.' The IRB stage-managed what became one of Dublin's largest political funerals and one of its central effects was to turn Pádraig Pearse, hitherto best known as a cultural writer, into a central figure in republicanism. Pearse's oration (he had been advised by Clarke to make it as 'hot as hell') marked his arrival as a leader.' Dr Brian Hanley, Historian-in-residence at Dublin City Library and Archive.

Curated by Dublin City Public Libraries as part of Dublin City Council’s Decade of Commemorations Project, the exhibition also includes footage of the funeral from Mise Eire which shows the statues in City Hall draped in black for the occasion. An audio recording of actor Bryan Murray reading Patrick Pearse’s famous oration at the graveside accompanies the footage.

Historian , Shane Kenna  will present a lecture on “The life and afterlife of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa: a study in dissension”  at City Hall on Monday 28th September at 1.10pm as part of the Dublin Festival of History programme. No booking required. All welcome on a first come, first served basis.

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 5.15pm and is free of charge.

Historical Images can be found at the following links: http://bit.ly/ODonovanRossaPortrait

http://bit.ly/ODonovanRossaLeavingCityHall

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For further information contact:

Tara Doyle, Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations Project Team (01) 674 4800 or email commemorations@dublincity.ie

City Hall T. (01) 222 2204 or email cityhall@dublincity.ie

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