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Pearse, Collected Works of Padraic H. Pearse: Songs of the Irish Rebels and Spec…

Pearse, Padraic H. Collected Works of Padraic H. Pearse: Songs of the Irish Rebels and Specimens from an Irish Anthology Some Aspects of Irish Literature, Three Lectures on Gaelic Topics. Dublin, Phoenix Publishing, 1924. 14.5 cm x 22 cm. VII, 236 pages. Original Hardcover with protective Mylar covering. Previous owner’s name scratched out on inside cover, slight foxing to page edges. Otherwise very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Patrick Henry Pearse (also known as Pádraic or Pádraig Pearse; Irish: Pádraig Anraí Mac Piarais; An Piarsach; 10 November 1879 – 3 May 1916) was an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and political activist who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. Following his execution along with fifteen others, Pearse came to be seen by many as the embodiment of the rebellion. Pearse’s early heroes were ancient Gaelic folk heroes such as Cúchulainn, though in his 30s he began to take a strong interest in the leaders of past republican movements, such as the United Irishmen Theobald Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet. Both had been Protestant, but it was from such men as these that the fervently Catholic Pearse drew inspiration for the rebellion of 1916. Pearse was chosen by the leading IRB man Tom Clarke to be the spokesman for the Rising. It was Pearse who, on behalf of the IRB shortly before Easter in 1916, issued the orders to all Volunteer units throughout the country for three days of manoeuvres beginning Easter Sunday, which was the signal for a general uprising. When Eoin MacNeill, the Chief of Staff of the Volunteers, learned what was being planned without the promised arms from Germany, he countermanded the orders via newspaper, causing the IRB to issue a last-minute order to go through with the plan the following day, greatly limiting the numbers who turned out for the rising. When the Easter Rising eventually began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, it was Pearse who read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic from outside the General Post Office, the headquarters of the rising. After six days of fighting, heavy civilian casualties and great destruction of property, Pearse issued the order to surrender. Pearse and fourteen other leaders, including his brother Willie, were court-martialled and executed by firing squad. Thomas Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh and Pearse himself were the first of the rebels to be executed, on the morning of 3 May 1916. Pearse was 36 years old at the time of his death. (Wikipedia).

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Pearse, Collected Works of Padraic H. Pearse: Songs of the Irish Rebels and Spec
Pearse, Collected Works of Padraic H. Pearse: Songs of the Irish Rebels and Spec