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To the Boys of Ireland
Author: Pádraic H. Pearse
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- P.H. Pearse, An sgoil: a direct method course in Irish (Dublin: Maunsel, 1913).
- P.H. Pearse, How does she stand? : three addresses (The Bodenstown series no. 1) (Dublin: Irish Freedom Press, 1915).
- P.H. Pearse, From a hermitage (The Bodenstown series no. 2)(Dublin: Irish Freedom Press, 1915).
- P.H. Pearse, The murder machine (The Bodenstown series no. 3) (Dublin: Whelan, 1916). Repr. U.C.C.: Department of Education, 1959.
- P.H. Pearse, Ghosts (Tracts for the Times) (Dublin: Whelan, 1916).
- P.H. Pearse, The Spiritual Nation (Tracts for the Times) (Dublin: Whelan, 1916).
- P.H. Pearse, The Sovereign People (Tracts for the Times) (Dublin: Whelan, 1916).
- P.H. Pearse, The Separatist Idea (Tracts for the Times) (Dublin: Whelan, 1916).
- Pádraic Colum, E.J. Harrington O'Brien (ed), Poems of the Irish revolutionary brotherhood, Thomas MacDonagh, P.H. Pearse (Pádraic MacPiarais), Joseph Mary Plunkett, Sir Roger Casement. (New and enl. ed.) (Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1916). First edition, July, 1916; second edition, enlarged, September, 1916.
- Michael Henry Gaffney, The stories of Pádraic Pearse (Dublin [etc.]: The Talbot Press Ltd. 1935). Contains ten plays by M.H. Gaffney based upon stories by Pádraic Pearse, and three plays by Pádraic Pearse edited by M.H. Gaffney.
- Proinsias Mac Aonghusa, Liam Ó Reagain (ed), The best of Pearse (1967).
- Seamus Ó Buachalla (ed), The literary writings of Patrick Pearse: writings in English (Dublin: Mercier, 1979).
- Seamus Ó Buachalla, A significant Irish educationalist: the educational writings of P.H. Pearse (Dublin: Mercier, 1980).
- Seamus Ó Buachalla (ed), The letters of P. H. Pearse (Gerrards Cross, Bucks.: Smythe, 1980).
- Pádraic Mac Piarais (ed), Bodach an chóta lachtna (Baile Átha Cliath: Chonnradh na Gaedhilge, 1906).
- Pádraic Mac Piarais, Bruidhean chaorthainn: sgéal Fiannaídheachta (Baile Átha Cliath: Chonnradh na Gaedhilge, 1912).
- Pádraic Pearse, Collected works of Pádraic H.
Pearse (Dublin: Phoenix Publishing Co. ? 1910 1919). 4 vols. v. 1. Political writings and speeches. - v. 2. Plays, stories, poems. - v. 3. Songs of the Irish rebels and specimens from an Irish anthology. Some aspects of Irish literature. Three lectures on Gaelic topics. - v. 4. The story of a success, edited by Desmond Ryan, and The man called Pearse, by Desmond Ryan.
- Pádraic Pearse, Collected works of Pádraic H.
Pearse (Dublin; Belfast: Phoenix, ? 1916 1917). 5 vols. [v. 1] Plays, stories, poems.[v. 2.] Political writings and speeches.[v. 3] Story of a success. Man called Pearse.[v. 4] Songs of the Irish rebels. Specimens from an Irish anthology. Some aspects of irish literature.[v. 5] Scrivinni.
- Pádraic Pearse, Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse . . . (New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company 1917). 3rd ed. Translated by Joseph Campbell, introduction by Patrick Browne.
- Pádraic Pearse, Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse. 6th ed. (Dublin: Phoenix, 1924 1917) v. 1. Political writings and speeches v. 2. Plays, stories, poems.
- Pádraic Pearse, Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse (Dublin: Phoenix Pub. Co., 1924). 5 vols. [v. 1] Songs of the Irish rebels and specimens from an Irish anthology. Some aspects of Irish literature. Three lectures on Gaelic topics. [v. 2] Plays, stories, poems. [v. 3] Scríbinní. [v. 4] The story of a success [being a record of St. Enda's College] The man called Pearse / by Desmond Ryan. [v. 5] Political writings and speeches.
- Pádraic Pearse, Short stories of Pádraic Pearse
(Cork: Mercier Press, 1968 1976 1989). (Iosagan, Eoineen of the birds, The
roads, The black chafer, The keening woman).
- Pádraic Pearse, Political writing and speeches (Irish prose writings, 20) (Tokyo: Hon-no-tomosha, 1992). Originally published: Dublin: Maunsel & Roberts, 1922.
- Pádraic Pearse, Political writings and speeches (Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse) (Dublin and London: Maunsel & Roberts Ltd., 1922).
- Pádraic Pearse, Political writings and Speeches (Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse) (Dublin: Phoenix 1916). 6th ed. (Dublin [etc.]: Phoenix, 1924).
- Pádraic Pearse, Plays Stories Poems (Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse) (Dublin, London: Maunsel & Company Ltd., 1917). 5th ed. 1922. Also pubd. by Talbot Press, Dublin, 1917, repr. 1966. Repr. New York: AMS Press, 1978.
- Pádraic Pearse, Filíocht Ghaeilge Pádraig Mhic Phiarais (Áth Cliath: Clóchomhar, 1981) Leabhair thaighde ; an 35u iml.
- Pádraic Pearse, Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse (New York: Stokes, 1918). Contains The Singer, The King, The Master, Íosagán.
- Pádraic Pearse, Songs of the Irish rebels and specimens from an Irish anthology: some aspects of Irish literature : three lectures on Gaelic topics (Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse) (Dublin: The Phoenix Publishing Co. 1910).
- Pádraic Pearse, Songs of the Irish rebels (Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse) (Dublin: Phoenix Pub. Co., 1917).
- Pádraic Pearse, Songs of the Irish rebels, and Specimens from an Irish anthology (Collected works of Pádraic H. Pearse) (Dublin: Maunsel, 1918).
- Pádraic Pearse, The story of a success (The complete works of P. H. Pearse) (Dublin: Phoenix Pub. Co., 1917) .
- Pádraic Pearse, Scríbinní (The complete works of P. H. Pearse) (Dublin: Phoenix Pub. Co., 1917).
- Julius Pokorny, Die Seele Irlands: Novellen und Gedichte aus dem Irisch-Galischen des Patrick Henry Pearse und Anderer zum ersten Male ins Deutsche übertragen (Halle a.S.: Max Niemeyer 1922)
- James Simmons, Ten Irish poets: an anthology of poems by George Buchanan, John Hewitt, Pádraic Fiacc, Pearse Hutchinson, James Simmons, Michael Hartnett, Eilean Ní Chuilleanáin, Michael Foley, Frank Ormsby & Tom Mathews (Cheadle: Carcanet Press, 1974).
- Cathal Ó hAinle (ed), Gearrscéalta an Phiarsaigh (Dublin: Helicon, 1979).
- Ciarán Ó Coigligh (ed), Filíocht Ghaeilge: Phádraig Mhic Phiarais (Baile Átha Cliath: Clóchomhar, 1981).
- Pádraig Mac Piarais, et al., Une île et d'autres îles: poèmes gaeliques XXeme siècle (Quimper: Calligrammes, 1984).
- Pádraic Mac Piarais: Pearse from documents (Dublin: Co-ordinating committee for Educational Services, 1979). Facsimile documents. National Library of Ireland. facsimile documents.
- Xavier Carty, In bloody protestthe tragedy of Patrick Pearse (Dublin: Able 1978).
- Helen Louise Clark, Pádraic Pearse: a Gaelic idealist (1933). (Thesis (M.A.)Boston College, 1933).
- Mary Maguire Colum, St. Enda's School, Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Founded by Pádraic H. Pearse. (New York: Save St. Enda's Committee 1917).
- Pádraic H. Pearse ([s.l.: s.n., C. F. Connolly) 1920).
- Elizabeth Katherine Cussen, Irish motherhood in the drama of William Butler Yeats, John Millington Synge, and Pádraic Pearse: a comparative study. (1934) Thesis (M.A.)Boston College, 1934.
- Ruth Dudley Edwards, Patrick Pearse: the triumph of failure (London: Gollancz, 1977).
- Stefan Fodor, Douglas Hyde, Eoin MacNeill, and Pádraic Pearse of the Gaelic League: a study in Irish cultural nationalism and separatism, 1893-1916 (1986). Thesis (M.A.)Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1986.
- James Hayes, Patrick H. Pearse, storyteller (Dublin: Talbot, 1920).
- John J. Horgan, Parnell to Pearse: some recollections and reflections (Dublin: Browne & Nolan, 1948).
- Louis N. Le Roux, La vie de Patrice Pearse (Rennes: Imprimerie Commerciale de Bretagne, 1932). Translated into English by Desmond Ryan (Dublin: Talbot, 1932).
- Proinsias Mac Aonghusa, Quotations from P.H. Pearse, (Dublin: Mercier, 1979).
- Mary Benecio McCarty (Sister), Pádraic Henry Pearse: an
educator in the Gaelic tradition (1939) (Thesis (M.A.)Marquette
- Hedley McCay, Pádraic Pearse; a new biography (Cork: Mercier Press, 1966).
- John Bernard Moran, Sacrifice as exemplified by the life and writings of Pádraic Pearse is true to the Christian and Irish ideals; that portrayed in the Irish plays of Sean O'Casey is futile (1939). Submitted to Dept. of English. Thesis (M.A.)Boston College, 1939.
- Sean Farrell Moran, Patrick Pearse and the politics of redemption: the mind of the Easter rising, 1916 (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 1994).
- P.S. O'Hegarty, A bibliography of books written by P. H. Pearse (s.l.: 1931).
- Máiread O'Mahony, The political thought of Padraig H. Pearse: pragmatist or idealist (1994). ThesesM.A. (NUI, University College Cork).
- Daniel J. O'Neill, The Irish revolution and the cult of the leader: observations on Griffith, Moran, Pearse and Connolly (Boston: Northeastern U.P., 1988).
- Mary Brigid Pearse (ed), The home-life of Padraig Pearse as told by himself, his family and friends (Dublin: Browne & Nolan 1934). Repr. Cork, Mercier 1979.
- Maureen Quill, Pádraic H. Pearsehis philosophy of Irish education (1996). ThesesM.A. (NUI, University College Cork).
- Desmond Ryan, The man called Pearse (Dublin: Maunsel, 1919).
- Nicholas Joseph Wells, The meaning of love and patriotism as seen in the plays, poems, and stories of Pádraic Pearse (1931). (Thesis (M.A.)Boston College, 1931).
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- Pádraic Pearse To the Boys of Ireland in Political Writings and Speeches. , Dublin, Phoenix Publishing Co. Ltd. (1924) page 110116
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To the Boys of Ireland: Author: Pádraic H. Pearse
We of Na Fianna Eireann, at the beginning of this year 1914,
a year which is likely to be momentous in the history of our country,
address ourselves to the boys of Ireland and invite them to band
themselves with us in a knightly service. We believe that the highest
thing anyone can do is to SERVE well and truly, and we purpose to serve
Ireland with all our fealty and with all our strength. Two occasions are
spoken of in ancient Irish story upon which Irish boys marched to the
rescue of their country when it was sore besetonce when Cuchulainn and
the boy troop of Ulster held the frontier until the Ulster heroes rose,
and again when the boys of Ireland kept the foreign invaders in check on
the shores of Ventry until Fionn had rallied the Fianna: it may be that
a similar tale shall be told of us, and that when men come to write the
history of the freeing of Ireland they shall have to record that the
boys of Na Fianna Eireann stood in the battle-gap until the
We believe, as every Irish boy whose heart has not
been corrupted by foreign influence must believe, that our country ought
to be free. We do not see why Ireland should allow England to govern
her, either through Englishmen, as at present, or through Irishmen under
an appearance of self-government. We believe that England has no
business in this country at allthat Ireland, from the centre to the
zenith, belongs to the Irish. Our forefathers believed this and fought
for it: Hugh O'Donnell and Hugh O'Neill and Rory O'More and Owen Roe
O'Neill: Tone and Emmet and Davis and Mitchel. What was true in their
time is still true. Nothing that has happened or that can ever happen
can alter the truth of it. Ireland belongs to the Irish. We believe,
then, that it is the duty of Irishmen to struggle always, never giving
in or growing weary, until they have won back their country again.
The object of Na Fianna Eireann is to train the boys of Ireland to
fight Ireland's battle when they are men. In the past the Irish,
heroically though they have struggled,
have always lost, for want of
discipline, for want of military knowledge, for want of plans, for want
of leaders. The brave Irish who rose in '98, in '48, and in '67, went
down because they were not SOLDIERS: we hope to train Irish boys from
their earliest years to be soldiers, not only to know the trade of a
soldierdrilling, marching, camping, signalling, scouting, and (when
they are old enough) shootingbut also, what is far more important, to
understand and prize military discipline and to have a MILITARY SPIRIT.
Centuries of oppression and of unsuccessful effort have almost
extinguished the military spirit of Ireland: if that were once goneif
Ireland were to become a land of contented slavesit would be very hard,
perhaps impossible, ever to arouse her again. We believe that Na Fianna
Eireann have kept the military spirit alive in Ireland during the past
four years, and that if the Fianna had not been founded in 1909, the
Volunteers of 1913 would never have arisen. In a sense, then, the Fianna
have been the pioneers of the Volunteers; and it is from the ranks of
the Fianna that the Volunteers must be recruited. This is a special
reason why we
should be active during 1914. The Fianna will constitute
what the old Irish called the MACRADH, or boy-troop, of the Volunteers,
and will correspond to what is called in France an Ecole Polytechnique
or Military School. As the man who was to lead the armies of France to
such glorious victories came forth from the Military School of Brienne,
so may the man who shall lead the Irish Volunteers to victory come forth
from Na Fianna Eireann.
Our programme includes every element of a
military training. We are not mere Boy Scouts, although we teach and
practise the art of scouting. Physical culture, infantry drill,
marching, the routine of camp life, semaphore and Morse signalling,
scouting in all its branches, elementary tactics, ambulance and first
aid, swimming, hurling, and football, are all included in our scheme of
training; and opportunity is given to the older boys for bayonet and
rifle practice. This does not exhaust our programme, for we believe that
mental culture should go hand in hand with physical culture, and we
provide instruction in Irish and in Irish history, lectures on
historical and literary subjects, and musical
and social entertainments as opportunities permit.
Finally, we believe with Thomas Davis that RIGHTEOUS men must make our land a Nation
Once Again. Hence we endeavour to train our boys to be pure,
truthful, honest, sober, kindly; clean in heart as well as in body;
generous in their service to their parents and companions now as we
would have them generous in their service to their country hereafter. We
bear a very noble name and inherit very noble traditions, for we are
called after the Fianna of Fionn, that heroic companionship which,
according to legend, flourished in Ireland in the second and third
centuries of the Christian era.
said Oisin to Saint Patrick;
and again when Patrick asked Caoilte Mac Ronain how it came that the
Fianna won all their battles, Caoilte replied: Strength that was in
our hands, truth that was on our lips, and purity that was in our
- We, the Fianna, never told a
Falsehood was never imputed to us,
Is it too much to hope that after many centuries the
old ideals are still quick in the heart of Irish youth, and that this
year we shall get many hundred Irish boys to come forward and help us to
build up a brotherhood of young Irishmen strong of limb, true and pure
in tongue and heart, chivalrous, cultured in a really Irish sense, and
ready to spend themselves in the service of their country?