Robert Emmet Statue, Dublin

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  • This monument has been relocated away from the street outside to a new location in the park. This is not a suitable location overshadowed by trees. A white stone monument would be more appropriate.  more »
  • This statue inside the park commemorates Irish nationalist, Republican, orator and rebel leader, Robert Emmet. Emmet's life was brief, 1778-1803, but he holds a special place in Irish history for his ...  more »
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  • Robert Emmet was born on 4 March 1778 in Dublin, and was executed for high treason in that city on 20 September 1803. Emmet's corpse subsequently to all intents and purposes disappeared, and the whereabouts of his final resting place is one of the abiding mysteries of Irish history. The romantic and tragic features of Emmet's short life ensure that his story will live on in the popular imagination. Who can forget, for example, Emmet's grief-stricken fiancĂ©e, Sarah Curran, harshly treated by her father who opposed the match, and the subject of Moore's song, 'She Is Far From the Land'? Or Emmet's loyal servant Anne Devlin, who endured torture in Kilmainham Gaol without giving information to the authorities? Interest in Emmet has of course quickened during 2003, the bicentenary of his Rising. Very few would be prepared to deny that Emmet's 1803 Rising was an ill-organised and chaotic affair, a tragic postscript to the more formidable Rebellion of 1798. When Emmet sallied forth on the evening of 23 July 1803 in military uniform, his followers proved to be little more than a disorganised rabble, notwithstanding his grand military plans. (2) Emmet quickly realised that he had inadequate support for a rising and attempted to disperse the rebels. Some ignored him and set off on what was in effect a Dublin mob riot, although one which was more serious than usual because of its scale, the use of arms and its political intent. The Chief Justice, Lord Kilwarden, was brutally murdered in his coach, and after some hours the military managed to scatter the rebels still in arms, with a number of fatalities. Emmet was now the authorities' chief target, and having moved his hiding place from Rathfarnham to Harold's Cross, he was captured at a house there on 25 August. In Kilmainham Gaol Emmet endeavoured to plan an escape, but Dr Edward Trevor, nominally the prison physician but effectively the governor, was aware of the plan and effectively strung the unfortunate prisoner along. To add to Emmet's misfortunes, he chose as one of his lawyers Leonard McNally, a spy in the government service. It is facts such as these which are used to support the hypothesis that the whole of Emmet's Rising was a carefully orchestrated government plot to flush out and neutralise the remnants of the United Irishmen, but it has to be said that this case is not proven.
  • The place where Robert Emmett, Irish freedom fighter, was executed at age 25 shortly after leading the failed 1803 revolution against British rule
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