Paraic H. Pearse’s Funeral Oration on O’Donovan Rossa


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Paraic H. PearseThe Spirit of Easter Week. An adaptation in verse from the original prose. Dedicated by kind permission to Mrs. Pearse. The original speech paraphrased in blank verse, circa 250 lines set in three columns with a drawing of Pearse at the graveside, the whole within black borders, image circa 48 x 34cms., verso blank. Cahill printed, possibly for the author. Dublin: n.d., circa 1918. Passed by Censor. Strongly mounted on backing board behind double green window mount and clear mylar. The poem is unsigned, but similar to items which have been ascribed to John Francis (Sean) McEntee, a Belfast man (later a Fianna Fail Minister) who took part in the Easter Rising, and published a volume of poems around this time. The attribution is unproven, but is plausible in our view. Fine. Very scarce.


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