Last year, I blogged about some monuments to the Manchester Martyrs, that I had seen around the country.
At end of Summer, POF told me of a memorial at Kilbrogan Graveyard in Bandon – so a visit was made. I also spotted that they are commemorated on the National Monument in Grand Parade.
I still have not got around to reading the book but the amount of times that I have read of them this year does make me wonder as to why I was so unfamiliar prior to this.
Jean Prendergast’s tweets regularly include clips form newspapers 100 years ago. The Manchester Martyrs featured often recently with marches, parades, prayers among other anniversary actions. ComeHereToMe’s blog yesterday mentioned a final march to Glasnevin cemetery, without the bodies.
Maybe the book will educate but it appears, just like Pearse’s words at Rossa’s grave, that the Fenian dead Manchester Martyrs were a rallying call, a cause behind which Republican groups united in a common cause – such unity proving beneficial for later activities.