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Poem in honour of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa
Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa as depicted in the pages of Puck magazine. It shows him confronting newspaper owners in the US who were trying to keep their distance after having previously supported him. Photo: Puck, 4 February 1885. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Poem in honour of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa

Skibereen, 10 July 1915 - The Southern Star has published a poem written in honour of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, the Fenian leader who died last week in a New York hospital after a long illness. It was written by a Mrs Burke:

Alas! He’s gone, he’ll toil no more
For Erin’s rightful cause,
For he died upon a foreign shore,
Where he earned much applause.
Full fifty weary years or more,
An exile brave was he,
Who struggled hard with tongue and pen
In quest of liberty.

[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.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.