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ROSSA Jeremiah O'Donovan
Rossa's Recollections. 1838 to 1898. Childhood, Boyhood, Manhood
1898. First edition. 8vo., original brown cloth, lettered in gilt, cloth slipcase. New York, O'Donovan Rossa. A presentation copy from two of the most famous names in the Fenian movement, inscribed on the front free endpaper in the hand of O'Donovan Rossa 'To the Revd. Michael Higgins, Administrator, St. Colman's Cathedral Queenstown - From C.G.Doran. O'Donovan Rossa'. Born Jeremiah O'Donovan, Rossa added the cognomen in honour of his ancestors from Rossmore. In 1858 he was sworn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood and became manager of the Irish Nationalist newspaper 'The Irish People', which earned him arrest and imprisonment in a succession of English gaols, where he protested vigorously at the conditions. As a result of an inquiry into those conditions, the Fenian prisoners were granted early release from jail in 1871, but were forced to emigrate and O'Donovan Rossa moved to New York. While in New York, O'Donovan Rossa raised money to fund what he called a ?Skirmishing Fund? - essentially a late nineteenth century terror and bombing campaign. He was finally released from banishment by the British Government in 1891 and travelled to Ireland in 1894 and again in 1904. Although he lived for while in Cork around this time, he returned to live in New York and died there in 1915. His body came back to Ireland, where his funeral became a propaganda opportunity for the Nationalist movement, inspiring a famous speech at his graveside by Padraig Pearse 'They think that they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. The … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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