Sinead O’Connor is an international recording artist who needs no introduction. She has recorded ‘The Foggy Dew’ in honour of the funeral re-enactment of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in Dublin, Ireland on August 1st 2015. The track will be available as a free download on the UFC website from August 5th 2015.
A two minute history of O’Donovan Rossa:
O’Donovan Rossa was a renowned leader of the Fenian movement in the 19th Century seeking independence from Britain. His burial in Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery on 1 August, 1915, was one of the largest political funerals in Irish history. 1916 Easter Rising leader Padraig Pearse delivered the funeral oration. The event is seen as a pivotal moment in Irish history, as several of those who attended went on to take part in the Rising.
O’Donovan Rossa’s remains had been brought to Ireland by the American liner St Paul from New York to Liverpool. They were then transferred to the steamer Carlow, which carried them to Dublin.
In the 1850s, O’Donovan Rossa was sworn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) known colloquially as the Fenians, a reference to Na Fianna a band of warriors who defended Ireland from invaders in Irish mythology. The IRB was a small, secret, revolutionary body committed to the use of force to establish an independent Irish republic.