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!