The troubling memory of Pearse

Patrick Pearse’s most famous words have been removed from the gable end Beechmout (RPG) Avenue: “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.” Catherine McGlinchey sees it as a sign that classical repubicanism is being slowly painted out of history. If you get the chance, listen to this excellent radio documentary on the complex and enigmatic figure of Pearse before the end of the week!

  • S.O.S.

    As fascinating radio as I have ever heard. From an in-depth interview with a former PIRA volunteer to a Dublin 1916 tour guide to various talking heads, it puts muscle and bone on P. H. Pearse, the ghost like figure who haunts us still. It goes beyond easy political agendas to take real stock of an unresolved legacy.

  • Alan

    Interesting to hear the use of the term *militant fenian republicanism* It felt like the speaker was sending a clear message. Are there many in republican circles today who would sit happily with the term fenianism, or is it solely meant for those who view the IRA as being in the driving seat?

    A propos of nothing, Real Player on this computer has started stuttering – any suggestions?

  • maca

    “Real Player on this computer has started stuttering”

    What version you using?

  • Alan

    Re Real Player.

    Not sure of the exact version, it was a free download – I updated mid January, so it shouldn’t be too old. Unforunately, I’m not at it now.

  • Alan

    That’s the computer I not at, you’ll understand.

  • maca

    Yeah, got it Alan 😉
    The problem could be anything, your connection, their server…should be easy to find the problem, though maybe not the solution 😉

  • Ringo

    Nice documentary – but aside from being quite persuasive in the need to revisit his legacy it didn’t really have any meat on it?

    The Easter Rising might not be Dublin’s answer to Waco, but the willingness of charismatic leaders down through history to waste other peoples lives for their own place in history is not something I think is in any way noble.

  • martin

    Pearse was just used as a front by sean mac Dermada

  • Young Irelander

    Care to elaborate on that martin?

  • Young Irelander

    Care to elaborate on that martin?

  • Young Irelander

    Care to elaborate on that martin?

  • Young Irelander

    Care to elaborate on that martin?

  • martin

    Pearse was what we would no call a bit touched a fanatic—blood sacrafice, cu cuhlainn,trying to imitate What he thought Robert Emmitt smiled like when going to die-,hero worship and fantasy.

    Mac Dermot had much more to do with planning and arms importation for the rising-he was a member of the A.O.H, board of erin –50 of whose members took part in the rebellion and then vanished again into obscurity-he used these contacts with Irish America for finance-mac Dermott always kept in the background but he and Clark had a much larger imput in the military preparation than Pearse–It suited them that Pearse was more outspoken and seen to be the leader ‘reading the proclaimation was because Pearse wasnt a bad public speaker—im not saying that pearse didnt make a large contribution just that he wasnt the prime pusher behind the actual rebellion