Pilgrimage to Bodenstown in 1912

Pilgrimage to Bodenstown in 1912

Pilgrimage to Bodenstown in 1912

by Eamon Murphy

A large number travelled by special train from Dublin on the annual pilgrimage to Wolfe Tone’s grave in Bodenstown. On arrival at Sallins a procession was formed by the Irish National Boy Scouts (Na Fianna Eireann) and other groups (Lorcan O’Toole Band, Wolfe Tone Committee, 1798 Club, Ancient Order of Hibernians and Irish National Foresters).

At the graveside Na Fianna Eireann formed a cordon, and Mr. Tom Clarke delivered a short address, having been introduced by Bulmer Hobson. Afterwards Cathal Brugha spoke in Irish to the assembled crowd. An Aeridheacht (open air festival) was held afterwards in a neighbouring farm.

This rare photograph shows the Fianna scouts in the procession making their way towards Bodenstown. Leading the scouts is Padraig O’Riain (Fianna national secretary and Ard Choiste member) and to his right, Countess Markivicz. Others of note in the photo are Eamon Martin, Percy Reynolds, Michael Lonergan and Liam Mellows.

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