Large crowd gathers to honour Wolfe Tone
Theobald Wolfe Tone Photo: 'Social England, Illustrated Edition, Vol V, edited by H.D. Traill and J.S. Mann [London, 1904] (via Internet Archive)

Large crowd gathers to honour Wolfe Tone

Bodenstown, 22 June 1913 - A Piper’s Band led a crowd estimated at 2,000 people from Sallins railway station to Bodenstown Churchyard in Co. Kildare to honour the memory of Wolfe Tone.

A large number of women in suffrage colours were notable in the procession.

Mr T. Clarke introduced Mr P.H. Pearse who gave the oration. Pearse said there were thousands of young people who wanted the Ireland that Tone had wished for, one that was free, a separate nation owing its allegiance to no one. He asked the crowd to pledge themselves to fight until Tone’s principles were attained.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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