During two long visits to Dublin, I was kinda amazed that very few of the Irish I chatted with knew much about Padraig Pearse, the incredible poet/patriot who forced the '16 Rising in spite of many who opposed it.
Pearse seems to be considered by some as a nut, who was transfixed on the need for a blood sacrifice in order to move Ireland toward a Republic.
Truth as I see it is that he, McBride, Connelly, McDermott, and Clarke were the founders of what Collins later secured.
Know what? When Pearse went outside the GPO and read the incredible Proclamation of 1916, people laughed at him.
God, if you read up on that '16 rising, they were all heroes, surrounded and sure to lose. Pearse only surrendered because he was concerned about the population around the battle sight.
And who knows about the great O'Rahilly? A romantic and brave Irish heroe if ever.