**I received this in my email from the Yahoo group IRA2:

The Robert Emmet Association


The Robert Emmet Association, with the support of the Department of
the Taoiseach, The Department of the Environment and Department of
Defence is now preparing to bring closure to the commemorations of
the revolutionary period 1791-1803. These wide-ranging
commemorations have been proceeding over some six years now, and
have done much to create new perspectives in which to come to
understand the forces then changing and shaping our world.


Robert Emmet's execution marks the end the United Irish period, It
is thus a suitable moment to close the extended commemorations with the
reinterral of the mortal remains of an unknown rebel to be called
Fear Píce Gan Ainm in Tulach a tSolais on Oulart Hill in Co.Wexford
on 5 October, 2003. There his remains will lie in dignity and
represent the many thousands who gave their lives in that tumultuous
period and who have no known graves. It is seen as a solemn and
commensurate act of closure.

We see Fear Píce Gan Ainm as the ordinary person struggling to
improve the world of his or her time and to establish the right of
ordinary people to play their part in the state.

Fear Píce Gan Ainm will by definition be of unknown and unknowable
identity except that he died in the United Irish cause in 1798. He may have
been of any background and of any religion.

The grave of a pikeman has been located in Co. Meath where a
fugitive rebel lies buried. The owner of the land is agreeable to co-
operate with the project. It is envisaged that his remains be
exhumed and taken to a specially prepared and very appropriate
resting place. A major site was put in place in 1998 in preparation
for this specific reinterral and called Tulach a' tSolais
[pronounced Tullock eh Tullish] on Oulart Hill in County Wexford,
scene of the famous battle that roused the people of County Wexford
to their epic assertion in arms of Ireland's right to sovereign
democracy. Fear Píce Gan Ainm may have come from almost any county
however and will represent all those involved in 1798.

Tulach a' tSolais is owned on behalf of the people by Oulart Hill Co-
Op; a voluntary non-profit cooperative who have done remarkable things to
generate a historical area of national stature from the several
surviving '98 sites in the village. Mrs. Jean Kennedy Smith turned
the sod for Tulach a' tSolais in '98.

Coillte Teo. is currently planting commemorative woods of deciduous
trees of appropriate varieties on all of their 30 acre holding beside the
site of Tulach a' tSolais as a mark of respect for those who fell in 1798 and to
thank the countries to which the émigrés fled or were transported when 'the
cause was lost again' as Florence Wilson put it.

This very unique ceremony, like that for the Mountjoy Ten, provides
an opportunity to reaffirm our awareness of our patriots and our
respect for their sacrifices; that it will encourage our citizens towards that
cognitive patriotism the times demand, and that it will help replenish
people's commitment to be prepared to work for Ireland, for her
people, and for her constructive influence in the world into the

The grave site chosen for the exhumation is one where imminent road-
widening now threatens it. Many '98 pikemen were simply covered over
with a few sods in the gripes by the roads where they expired. The
people of Meath remember the graves and in many cases have marked
them with stones and crosses. Fear Píce Gan Ainm may well in fact be
a Meathman. We shall never know. No matter what county he hailed
from he will now represent all - and proud of him we shall all be!

The entire funeral of Fear Píce Gan Ainm will be carried out with
the support of the Department of the Taoiseach, The Department of the
Environment, the Department of Defence. The exhumation will be done
by the same expert under the authority of Meath County Council who
have been very helpful as indeed have Wexford Co. Council. Like The
Mountjoy Ten, Fear Píce Gan Ainm touches on the nation's honour and
in like manner his exhumation and reinterral will be carried out to
the letter.

The churches have been very innovative in the matter and the local
Catholic and Protestant Bishops together with the local leaders of the
Methodist Congregation and the Presbyterian Church will lead the ceremonies.
The funeral service will make clear that we do not know Fear Píce
Gan Ainm's religion and that it would be presumptuous if not indeed
insulting to others to attribute a particular religious persuasion
to him. The service will not take place in the church or chapel of
any one religion where it might take on the complexion of being more
the property of that religious denomination than of others. We
heartily commend all the churches for their agreement in this
approach. It is a wonderful example of the type of Ireland the
United Irishmen wanted - an Ireland where people might cherish their
own faith in freedom while in politics they would leave aside all
religious distinctions of Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter and act
in the common name of Irishman.

Robert Emmet himself would have agreed that this event provides an
opportunity for a significant moment of reconciliation and renewal
throughout the community as it is contingent on events in history which have
been the subject of much opportunistic sectarian distortion over two
centuries. There has been too much sectarian cornering of the market
where history is concerned and such distortion, which came from
nearly all sides, has deeply injured the sense of community which
millions of Irish men and women of all religions ought to have
enjoyed in their lifetimes over the intervening period. It is time
for change. It is as if the commemorations and the new perspectives
they facilitated over the past six years have gradually prepared us
for this opportunity to draw an overt and respectful line under past
divisions and to initiate a new beginning.


Friday 3 October
10.30 Ceremony at site of exhumation.

11.00 Enter Navan on foot using guncarriage. Wreathlaying
at '98 /Monument

12.00 Leave Navan .

12.30 Arrive Dunshaughlin. To guncarriage. Wreathlaying at '98

1.00 Leave Dunshaughlin.

2.30 2.45 Arrive Dublin

3.00 Arrive Mansion House. Received by Royston Brady, Lord Mayor of

Mansion House: Bier with Pike Guard of Honour, open to public to pay
their respects until 9.00 p.m.


Saturday 4 October, 2003.

9.00 Leave Mansion House

10.00 Arrive Newtownmountkennedy. Wreathlaying at '98 Monument.

10.30 Depart Newtownmountkennedy

11.00 Arrive Arklow - The Fisheries. Wreathlaying at '98 Monument.

12.00 Depart Arklow.

12.30 Arrive Gorey. Esmonde Street Wreathlaying at '98 Monument

01.30 Depart Gorey

01.45 Arrive Clogh Wreathlaying at '98 Monument.

02.00 Depart Clogh on foot.

02.15 Arrive Tubberneering Wreathlaying at '98 Monument.

02.30 Depart Tubberneering

03.00 Arrive The Harrow Wreathlaying at '98 Monument.

03.15 Depart The Harrow

03.45 Arrive Enniscorthy - Duffry Gate. Wreathlaying at '98

05.00 Depart Enniscorthy

05.30 Arrive Wexford - 1798 Street Wreathlaying in Bullring

06.15 Depart Wexford

06.30 Castlerbridge. Wreathlaying at '98 Monument

07.00 Ballyfarnogue Wreathlaying at 98' Monument

07.30 Arrive Oulart. Wreathlaying at '98 Monument.

07.45 Arrival at '98 Ecumenical Chapel. Multi-Denominational
Pike Guard of Honour through the night.


Sunday 5 October

11.00 Aifreann an Lae as Gaeilge á chraoladh ar Raidio na

3.00 p.m. Funeral departs Chapel for Tulach an tSolais.

3.00 Obsequies led by Bishop Eamon Walshe, Bishop Peter Barret and
Rev. Samuel Ankatel.

4.00 Official closure of commemorations of Revolutionary Period 1798-

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