Red­mond stamp marks his place in the na­tional story

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

A new €1 stamp mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the death of Wex­ford’s John Red­mond marks his place in the na­tional story.

The stamp was un­veiled by for­mer Taoiseach John Bru­ton at a Cen­te­nary sym­po­sium on Red­mond which opened at the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land last week.

Red­mond, who died in 1918, was an Ir­ish na­tion­al­ist politi­cian, bar­ris­ter and mem­ber of par­lia­ment in the Bri­tish House of Com­mons.

He is best re­mem­bered for his part in the pass­ing of the Home Rule Bill in 1914, which would have de­liv­ered a de­volved Par­lia­ment to Ire­land, and also for his ap­peal to his fel­low Ir­ish­men to en­list to fight in the First World War.

The stamp, de­signed by Post Stu­dio, fea­tures a por­trait of Red­mond by Sir John Lav­ery from the Hugh Lane gallery.

A First Day Cover (FDC) en­ve­lope pro­duced to mark the oc­ca­sion in­cludes a pho­to­graph of the Ir­ish Par­lia­men­tary Party from 1916.

The stamp is avail­able from main post of­fices, the stamp coun­ters at Dublin’s GPO and on­line at­

Red­mond’s ap­peal to the Ir­ish Vol­un­teers to also en­list caused a split in the move­ment; some 140,000 fol­lowed Red­mond and formed the Na­tional Vol­un­teers, while a mi­nor­ity of around 9,700 mem­bers re­mained as the orig­i­nal Ir­ish Vol­un­teers.

It was Red­mond’s be­lief that Im­pe­rial Ger­many’s hege­mony and mil­i­tary ex­pan­sion threat­ened the free­dom of Europe and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the war was Ire­land’s duty, hav­ing achieved fu­ture self-gov­ern­ment.

But the war killed the Home Rule Bill and the next four years saw the end of Red­mond and the Ir­ish Par­lia­men­tary Party.

They were over­hauled in the Gen­eral Elec­tion of 1916 and wiped out com­pletely in the elec­tion of 1918 held just nine months af­ter Red­mond’s death.

Mean­while, a ma­jor com­mem­o­ra­tion to mark the an­niver­sary of Red­mond’s death in his home­town Wex­ford has still to be resched­uled af­ter it was can­celled last week­end in the wake of Storm Emma and the snow which swept across the county.

The new stamp mark­ing the cen­te­nary of John Red­mond’s death.

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