“Ní dheanfaidh gaeil dearmaid ort go bráth”
A fine monument to the Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin City.
Born in Rosscarbery in 1831, he was a founder of the Phoenix National and literary Society and a member of the IRB. Having been imprisoned in 1865, he was released under the Fenian amnesty of 1870, however he was exiled like so many others to America, and was part of a group dubbed ‘The Cuba five’ (John Devoy, Charles Underwood O’Connel, Henry Mulleda, Rossa and John McClure). In America he was involved with Clan na Gael and in the 1880s was an organiser of the ‘Dynamite Campaign’ which saw many Bombings carried out in England. His Funeral in 1915 at Glasnevin was a massive event for Republican Ireland, and it is where Padraig Pearse’s Famous speech “…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” took place.