Final preparations are being made for next weeks re-enactment of O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral casket escort. The re-enactment will see a replica funeral casket of the famous Irish Patriot and Revolutionary being escorted and carried by volunteers from Pier Head to Nelson Dock In Liverpool. The re-enactment aims to trace the exact steps taken 100 years ago when 2 Company’s of the Irish Volunteers in Liverpool carried on their shoulders the body of Jerimiah O’Donovan Rossa on his last journey to Dublin, for one of Ireland’s greatest historic funerals.
Assembling on Cockspur Street, Holy Cross Liverpool at 12 noon on Saturday 10th October 2015, the re-enactment will consist of members of the public leading the parade dressed in period costume as it winds its way toward Pier Head Nelson Dock. The event will also see a re-enactment of Patrick Pearse’s famous graveside oration over O’Donovan Rossa’s grave delivered this time by local musician and song writer Ian Prowse.
For Cairde na hEireann Liverpool, O’Donovan Rossa’s body landing in Liverpool provides a great opportunity to re-live a previously unknown aspect of Liverpool Irish history and for our community to play a full and active role in remembrance, as we head toward 2016 and the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.