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Patrick (Padraig) Pearse on Fermoy: A ‘most heartening place’

Friday, 30 October 2015
12:00 AM GMT

by Eoin Scanlon

Patrick (Padraig) Pearse made his visit to Fermoy in 1902, at the age of 22, some 14 years before he would read the Irish Proclamation outside the GPO on Easter Monday at the start of the Rising. According to Michael Bourke of St Colman’s College, Pearse visited the town as part of his cycling tour of Munster and ‘by all accounts stayed a couple of days’.

Of his experience of Fermoy and St Colman’s, Pearse wrote: “The most heartening place I visited was Fermoy, where Irish has long ceased to be spoken. Like many other English-speaking towns, it is throwing itself into the Language Movement with an energy one looks for in vain in Irish-speaking districts.

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