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Pádraic Pearse

Patrick Pearse, also known as Pádraig Pearse (Pádraig Mac Piarais)

1879 : born Dublin to Irish mother and English father
1893: began learning Irish
October 1896: joined Gaelic League which was only three years old, attended the Central branch
1896: became pupil-teacher at Christian Brothers School, Westland Row, Dublin
June 1898: sat Matriculation examination of the Royal University; later that year began private study for two years towards the B.A. degree (attended University College Dublin for part of the third); also studied at the same time at Trinity College Dublin for King's Inns
Summer 1898: co-opted to the Executive Committee of the Gaelic League; first visit to Aran
1899: taught a weekly class in Irish in the then Jesuit University College Dublin; James Joyce was one of his pupils for a short time. Later taught at Alexandra College, CBS Westland Row and was examiner in Irish history at Clongowes College
September 1900: father died, Pearse and his brother Willie left the thriving stone-carving business which was renamed Pearse & Sons
June 1901: took final exams at the Royal University and at King's Inns; awarded 2nd class B.A. in modern languages (Irish, English, French) and B.L.; called to the Bar
March 1903: became editor of An Claidheamh Soluis (journal of the Gaelic League): held this position until late in 1909
1905: took his only case as barrister, acted for the Gaelic League; Poll an Piobaire (The Piper's Cave) published
1905 June: visited Belgium to examine the continental system of education in a bilingual country; this visit formed the basis of nearly fifty articles and editorials
1906: writing as Colm Ó Conaire published prose poems
1907: Íosagán agus Sgéalta Eile (Little Jesus and other Stories) published
1908 September: opened school St Enda's (Scoil Éanna) at Cullenswood House, Rathmines, Dublin; St Enda's finally closed in 1935
1909 December: poem 'A Mhic Bhig na gCleas' (Little Lad of the Tricks) written
1910: Pearse & Sons dissolved; St Enda's moved to The Hermitage, Rathfarnham; St Ita's school for girls founded. Got into debt due to over-expansion of schools; supported, with his brother, their mother and two sisters
1912: An Rí (The King) produced
1913 November 11: Irish Volunteers' first meeting at which Pearse attended: a non-political organization
1913 December: swore the oath of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, infiltrated the Irish Volunteers
1914 February 8: left Ireland from Cóbh for America to raise funds for St Enda's; returned in May
1914: during the summer the Volunteers received arms from Erksine Childers' yacht; Pearse stored some of these in St Enda's
1914 December: appointed director of military organization in Volunteers
1915 March 10: appointed commandant unattached to any battalion; involved in drilling and exercising troops
1915 August 1: gave oration at O'Donovan Rossa graveside in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
1915 September: appointed to the eleven-man Supreme Council of the IRB
1916 April: preparations became intense for rising on Easter Sunday; Pearse issued "General Orders" for manoeuvres on 3 April
1916 April 25 (Easter Monday): walked from Liberty Hall with James Connolly to the General Post Office with soldiers; occupied GPO for five days; was one of seven who signed the Proclamation of Independence
1916 April 28: issued manifesto, signed as P.H. Pearse Commandant General, Commanding-in-Chief, the Army of the Irish Republic and President of the Provisional Government
1916 April 29 (Friday): unconditional surrender of GPO and Provisional forces to the British Army; taken to Arbour Hill Barracks, moved to Richmond Barracks for court-martial
1916 May 3: killed by firing-squad 3.30 am, as was his brother Willie; both buried in quick lime in Arbour Hill

Ruth Dudley Edwards, Patrick Pearse: The Triumph of Failure (London: Victor Gollancz, 1977)

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