Saturday, August 13, 2005
Ceremony marks O'Donovan Rossa's death
The 90th anniversary of the death of the Irish patriot Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa is being commemorated in Dublin this afternoon.
Republicans are attending the ceremony at his graveside in Glasnevin cemetery.
O'Donovan Rossa, who was born in 1831 in Rosscarbery, Co Cork, was accused of plotting a Fenian Rising in 1865, convicted of treason by the British government and sentenced to penal servitude for life.
He was released in 1871 and exiled to the US where he died in 1915.
It was at the graveside of O'Donovan Rossa that Padraig Pearse gave his famous graveside oration, one of the greatest speeches made by an Irishman in the 20th century.
RIP O'Donovan Rossa. Your home county of Cork is now free thanks to men like yourself. True patriots.
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