Patrick Pearse Executed 1916

#OnThisDay 1916 Patrick Pearse was executed in Kilmainham Gaol for his role in the Easter Rising. Before he was shot, he told the court martial;

“When I was a child of ten I went down on my bare knees by my bedside one night and promised God that I should devote my life to an effort to free my country. I have kept that promise. As a boy and as a man I have worked for Irish freedom. The time, as it seemed to me, did come, and we went into the fight. I am glad we did. We seem to have lost. We have not lost. To refuse to fight would have been to lose, to fight is to win. We have kept faith with the past and handed on a tradition to the future.”

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