Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: Derry people join crowds for funeral re-enactment

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A large group of Derry people joined with the thousands who walked the streets of Dublin on Saturday for the re-enactment of the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.

It’s been 100 years since the Fenian leader who’s renowned for the hard labour he endured in English prisons, was buried in Dublin in 1915. His funeral was one of the largest of its kind in Ireland and is generally regarded as having had a direct link to the 1916 Rising.

Sinn Fein organised a re-enactment which saw a horse drawn carriage carry the coffin from Dublin City Hall to Glasnevin cemetery. The sun shone as thousands of people walked the streets of Dublin wearing period dress.

Those in attendance included Derry’s Mayor Elisha McCallion and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

In the morning President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath and the famous oration, which Pearse gave at the graveside 100 years ago, was delivered by actor Jim Roche.

In the afternoon a full scale re-enactment of the funeral was staged by Sinn Féin.

The event was attended by the Fenian leader’s great-grandsons William and Rossa Cole.