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Lot 540/0237

Estimate: €300-400

Republican Poem on O’Donovan Rossa

Manuscript: O’Higgins (Brian) [Brian na Banban]
An original m/ss poem of six eight-line stanzas entitled Diarmuid O’Donnabhain Rosa,’ of Skibbereen, Co. Cork, 2pp (single foolscap sheet) signed Brian na Banban, 1915. The poem commences ‘Diarmaid O’Donnabhain Rosa / Honour and love to the name / There is nought in it mean or ignoble / It speaks not of serfdom or shame…’ Some wear, as a m/ss, w.a.f.

* Brian O’Higgins, ‘Brian na Banban,’ fought in the G.P.O. in 1916 and was later elected T.D. for Clare. An undeviating Republican, he opposed the Treaty, and remained with Sinn Fein after the founding of Fianna Fail. He was a prolific poet and publisher of magazines, booklets, and illustrated cards. (1)

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