Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa (1831-1915) was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB), or the Fenians as they were better known. Rossa spent much of his time in Ireland in prison, and was returned as an MP for Tipperary before moving to the United States in 1870, where he would form the Cuba Five alongside John Devoy, John McClure, Henry Mullady and Charles O’Connell. In America, Rossa continued his Irish revolutionary activity, taking part in the “dynamite campaign” against British cities from 1881 to 1885. A veteran of the Irish republican cause, his death in 1915 saw his body returned to Ireland with a hero’s welcome where at his graveside, Pádraig Pearse would give one of Irish nationalism’s most famous speeches.

Writings

Rossa’s Recollections: 1838 to 1898 (1898)