Celebrating Fenian hero O’Donovan Rossa on 100th anniversary of his death



Posted on July 7, 2015, in British state repression (general), Commemorations, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Political education and theory, Prisoners - past, Public events - Ireland, Republicanism post-1900, Republicanism pre-1900, Revolutionary figures, The road to the Easter Rising. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. One of the ads for this event has a wee problem. It says, “Our event has no input from the state or the political establishment. We hold true to the revolutionary politics of the Great Fenian O’Donovan Rossa and the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Spread the word, come along and bring the family.”

    The wee problem is that the IRB moved away from revolutionary politics after 1916. Its Supreme Council supported, although only just, the 1921 Treaty and used that influence to help establish the Free State.

    It’s a celebration of Rossa and it might have been better to leave the IRB name out of it or else say “and the Irish Republican Brotherhood leading up to the Easter Rising”.


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