"If Commandant Pearse"
A statue of Patrick Pearse
GNU Free Documentation LicenseA statue of Patrick Pearse - Credit: Kglavin
A nationalist writer, barrister and teacher, Patrick (Padraig) Henry Pearse was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising. He was declared President of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic in a bulletin issued by the leaders of the Rising. It was also Pearse who read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic from the steps of the General Post Office, and it was he, who after six days of fighting, issued the order to surrender. Like Thomas Clarke, Pearse was executed in Kilmainham Gaol on 3 May 1916.