PEARSE, Pádraig. An extract from a school visitors’ book (probably Rosmuc national school in west Galway, where Pearse had a cottage), including Pearse’s manuscript comment dated 5th October. “20 present. Much pleased with school. (signed) Pádraig Mac Piarais.” [SIGNED BY PÁDRAIG PEARSE]


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With comments in other hands above and below: R. McHugh, P.P. and A. Concannon, C.C. Framed with three photographic reproductions: (a) The Pearse family with Pádraig standing beside his father; (b) ‘Pat at the age of eight’, apparently holding a rifle, signed under the image by their sister, M[ary] B. Pearse; (c) Pearse as a young barrister in legal attire, a studio portrait. 47 x 34cms [Frame size]. In fine condition. Pearse’s signature is now very scarce, particularly in an educational context.
Pearse qualified as a barrister but defended only one case (a carter accused of displaying his trade- name in Irish, an offence in those days). He worked as an editor of Gaelic League publications, and in 1908 founded his school, St. Enda’s, to put his ideas on education and nationality into practice. His time was largely absorbed with efforts to keep St. Enda’s going, until the crisis of 1913-14 when he was drawn into militant separatism. He was invited to join the IRB, and his address at the grave of O’Donovan Rossa (1915) drew much attention. “Life springs from death, and from the graves of patriot men and women spring living nations ... while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.”
On Monday 24 April 1916 he read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic outside the GPO, and led his men into the Post Office. He surrendered his command on 29 April, and was shot on 3 May.


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